1. a proceeding brought to obtain an explanation or an alteration or a reversal of a decree by the court that rendered it
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Review \Re*view"\, n. [F. revue, fr. revu, p. p. of revoir to
see again, L. revidere; pref. re- re- + videre to see. See
View, and cf. Revise.]
1. A second or repeated view; a reexamination; a
retrospective survey; a looking over again; as, a review
of one's studies; a review of life.
2. An examination with a view to amendment or improvement;
revision; as, an author's review of his works.
3. A critical examination of a publication, with remarks; a
criticism; a critique.
4. A periodical containing critical essays upon matters of
interest, as new productions in literature, art, etc.
5. An inspection, as of troops under arms or of a naval
force, by a high officer, for the purpose of ascertaining
the state of discipline, equipments, etc.
6. (Law) The judicial examination of the proceedings of a
lower court by a higher.
7. A lesson studied or recited for a second time.
Bill of review (Equity), a bill, in the nature of
proceedings in error, filed to procure an examination and
alteration or reversal of a final decree which has been
duly signed and enrolled. --Wharton.
Commission of review (Eng. Eccl. Law), a commission
formerly granted by the crown to revise the sentence of
the court of delegates.
Syn: Reexamination; resurvey; retrospect; survey;
reconsideration; revisal; revise; revision.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
bill of review
n 1: a proceeding brought to obtain an explanation or an
alteration or a reversal of a decree by the court that