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NOUN (10)

1. a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with;
- Example: "Title 8 provided federal help for schools"
[syn: title, statute title, rubric]

2. the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.;
- Example: "he looked for books with the word `jazz' in the title"
- Example: "he refused to give titles to his paintings"
- Example: "I can never remember movie titles"

3. a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work;
- Example: "the novel had chapter titles"

4. the status of being a champion;
- Example: "he held the title for two years"
[syn: championship, title]

5. a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it;
- Example: "he signed the deed"
- Example: "he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment"
[syn: deed, deed of conveyance, title]

6. an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General';
- Example: "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title"
[syn: title, title of respect, form of address]

7. an established or recognized right;
- Example: "a strong legal claim to the property"
- Example: "he had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate"
- Example: "he staked his claim"
[syn: title, claim]

8. (usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action;
- Example: "the titles go by faster than I can read"

9. an appellation signifying nobility;
- Example: "`your majesty' is the appropriate title to use in addressing a king"

10. an informal right to something;
- Example: "his claim on her attentions"
- Example: "his title to fame"
[syn: claim, title]


VERB (2)

1. give a title to;
[syn: entitle, title]

2. designate by an identifying term;
- Example: "They styled their nation `The Confederate States'"
[syn: style, title]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Title \Ti"tle\ (t[imac]"t'l), n. [OF. title, F. titre, L. titulus an inscription, label, title, sign, token. Cf. Tilde, Titrate, Titular.] 1. An inscription put over or upon anything as a name by which it is known. [1913 Webster] 2. The inscription in the beginning of a book, usually containing the subject of the work, the author's and publisher's names, the date, etc. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bookbindng) The panel for the name, between the bands of the back of a book. [1913 Webster] 4. A section or division of a subject, as of a law, a book, specif. (Roman & Canon Laws), a chapter or division of a law book. [1913 Webster] 5. An appellation of dignity, distinction, or preeminence (hereditary or acquired), given to persons, as duke marquis, honorable, esquire, etc. [1913 Webster] With his former title greet Macbeth. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. A name; an appellation; a designation. [1913 Webster] 7. (Law) (a) That which constitutes a just cause of exclusive possession; that which is the foundation of ownership of property, real or personal; a right; as, a good title to an estate, or an imperfect title. (b) The instrument which is evidence of a right. (c) (Canon Law) That by which a beneficiary holds a benefice. [1913 Webster] 8. (Anc. Church Records) A church to which a priest was ordained, and where he was to reside. [1913 Webster] Title deeds (Law), the muniments or evidences of ownership; as, the title deeds to an estate. [1913 Webster] Syn: Epithet; name; appellation; denomination. See epithet, and Name. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Title \Ti"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Titled; p. pr. & vb. n. Titling.] [Cf. L. titulare, F. titrer. See Title, n.] To call by a title; to name; to entitle. [1913 Webster] Hadrian, having quieted the island, took it for honor to be titled on his coin, "The Restorer of Britain." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cloud \Cloud\ (kloud), n. [Prob. fr. AS. cl[=u]d a rock or hillock, the application arising from the frequent resemblance of clouds to rocks or hillocks in the sky or air.] 1. A collection of visible vapor, or watery particles, suspended in the upper atmosphere. [1913 Webster] I do set my bow in the cloud. --Gen. ix. 13. [1913 Webster] Note: A classification of clouds according to their chief forms was first proposed by the meteorologist Howard, and this is still substantially employed. The following varieties and subvarieties are recognized: (a) Cirrus. This is the most elevated of all the forms of clouds; is thin, long-drawn, sometimes looking like carded wool or hair, sometimes like a brush or room, sometimes in curl-like or fleecelike patches. It is the cat's-tail of the sailor, and the mare's-tail of the landsman. (b) Cumulus. This form appears in large masses of a hemispherical form, or nearly so, above, but flat below, one often piled above another, forming great clouds, common in the summer, and presenting the appearance of gigantic mountains crowned with snow. It often affords rain and thunder gusts. (c) Stratus. This form appears in layers or bands extending horizontally. (d) Nimbus. This form is characterized by its uniform gray tint and ragged edges; it covers the sky in seasons of continued rain, as in easterly storms, and is the proper rain cloud. The name is sometimes used to denote a raining cumulus, or cumulostratus. (e) Cirro-cumulus. This form consists, like the cirrus, of thin, broken, fleecelice clouds, but the parts are more or less rounded and regulary grouped. It is popularly called mackerel sky. (f) Cirro-stratus. In this form the patches of cirrus coalesce in long strata, between cirrus and stratus. (g) Cumulo-stratus. A form between cumulus and stratus, often assuming at the horizon a black or bluish tint. -- Fog, cloud, motionless, or nearly so, lying near or in contact with the earth's surface. -- Storm scud, cloud lying quite low, without form, and driven rapidly with the wind. [1913 Webster] 2. A mass or volume of smoke, or flying dust, resembling vapor. "A thick cloud of incense." --Ezek. viii. 11. [1913 Webster] 3. A dark vein or spot on a lighter material, as in marble; hence, a blemish or defect; as, a cloud upon one's reputation; a cloud on a title. [1913 Webster] 4. That which has a dark, lowering, or threatening aspect; that which temporarily overshadows, obscures, or depresses; as, a cloud of sorrow; a cloud of war; a cloud upon the intellect. [1913 Webster] 5. A great crowd or multitude; a vast collection. "So great a cloud of witnesses." --Heb. xii. 1. [1913 Webster] 6. A large, loosely-knitted scarf, worn by women about the head. [1913 Webster] Cloud on a (or the) title (Law), a defect of title, usually superficial and capable of removal by release, decision in equity, or legislation. To be under a cloud, to be under suspicion or in disgrace; to be in disfavor. In the clouds, in the realm of facy and imagination; beyond reason; visionary. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

title n 1: a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with; "Title 8 provided federal help for schools" [syn: title, statute title, rubric] 2: the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.; "he looked for books with the word `jazz' in the title"; "he refused to give titles to his paintings"; "I can never remember movie titles" 3: a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work; "the novel had chapter titles" 4: the status of being a champion; "he held the title for two years" [syn: championship, title] 5: a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it; "he signed the deed"; "he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment" [syn: deed, deed of conveyance, title] 6: an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'; "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title" [syn: title, title of respect, form of address] 7: an established or recognized right; "a strong legal claim to the property"; "he had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate"; "he staked his claim" [syn: title, claim] 8: (usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action; "the titles go by faster than I can read" 9: an appellation signifying nobility; "`your majesty' is the appropriate title to use in addressing a king" 10: an informal right to something; "his claim on her attentions"; "his title to fame" [syn: claim, title] v 1: give a title to [syn: entitle, title] 2: designate by an identifying term; "They styled their nation `The Confederate States'" [syn: style, title]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

291 Moby Thesaurus words for "title": absolute interest, acknowledgments, adverse possession, alodium, appellation, appellative, appurtenance, argument, authority, back, back matter, banner, banner head, baptize, bastard title, benefit, best seller, bibliography, binomen, binomial name, birthright, blood, book, bound book, bracket, branch, burgage, byword, call, caption, caste, catch line, catchword, category, championship, christen, claim, clan, class, classic, cognomen, colony, colophon, coloring book, common, conjugal right, contents, contents page, contingent interest, copyright page, crown, cryptonym, de facto, de jure, dedication, define, definitive work, demand, denominate, denomination, dependency, derivative title, desert, designate, designation, divine right, division, droit, drop head, dropline, dub, due, easement, empty title, endleaf, endpaper, endsheet, entitle, entitlement, epigraph, epithet, eponym, equitable interest, equity, errata, estate, euonym, faculty, fee fief, fee position, fee simple, fee simple absolute, fee simple conditional, fee simple defeasible, fee simple determinable, fee tail, feodum, feud, fiefdom, flyleaf, folio, fore edge, foreword, frankalmoign, free socage, freehold, front matter, gavelkind, grade, great work, ground, group, grouping, half-title page, handle, hanger, hardback, having title to, head, head up, heading, headline, hold, holding, honorific, hyponym, identify, imprint, inalienable right, index, inscription, interest, introduction, jump head, justification, juvenile, juvenile book, kin, knight service, label, lay fee, leaf, lease, leasehold, legal claim, legal possession, legend, level, limitation, limp-cover book, magnum opus, makeup, mandate, moniker, motto, name, namesake, natural right, nickname, nomen, nomen nudum, nominate, nonbook, notebook, novel, occupancy, occupation, opus, opuscule, opusculum, order, original title, overline, ownership, owning, page, paperback, part, percentage, picture book, pigeonhole, playbook, pocket book, position, possessing, possession, power, prayer book, predicament, preface, preliminaries, preoccupancy, preoccupation, prepossession, prerogative, prescription, presumptive right, pretense, pretension, privilege, production, proof, proper claim, proper name, proper noun, property, property right, property rights, proprietary rights, psalmbook, psalter, publication, race, rank, rating, reason, recto, reverso, right, right of entry, rubric, running head, running title, scarehead, scientific name, screamer, secret name, section, seisin, sept, serial, set, settlement, signature, sketchbook, socage, soft-cover, songbook, specify, spread, spreadhead, squatting, stake, standard work, station, status, storybook, strain, stratum, streamer, strict settlement, style, subdivision, subgroup, subhead, subheading, sublease, suborder, subtitle, superscription, table of contents, tag, tail, tautonym, tenancy, tenantry, tenure, tenure in chivalry, term, text, title page, tome, trade book, trim size, trinomen, trinomial name, trust, type page, underlease, undertenancy, use, usucapion, verso, vested interest, vested right, villein socage, villeinhold, villenage, volume, work, writing
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

TITLE estates. A title is defined by Lord Coke to be the means whereby the owner of lands hath the just possession of his property. Co. Lit. 345; 2 Bl. Com. 195. Vide 1 Ohio Rep. 349. This is the definition of title to lands only. 2. There are several stages or degrees requisite to form a complete title to lands and tenements. 1st. The lowest and most imperfect degree of title is the mere possession, or actual occupation of the estate, without any apparent right to hold or continue such possession; this happens when one man disseises another. 2 Bl. Com. 195. 2dly. The next step to a good and perfect title is the right of possession, which may reside in one man, while the actual possession is not in himself, but in another. This right of possession is of two sorts; an apparent right of possession, which may be defeated by proving a better; and an actual right of possession, which will stand the test against all opponents. Idem. 196. 3dly. The mere right of property, the jus proprietatis without either possession or the right of possession. Id. 197. 3. A title is either good, marketable, doubtful, or bad. 4. A good title is that which entitles a man by right to a property or estate, and to the lawful possession of the same. 5. A marketable title is one which a court of equity considers to be so clear that it will enforce its acceptance by a purchaser. The ordinary acceptation of the term marketable title, would convey but a very imperfect notion of its legal and technical import. 6. To common apprehension, unfettered by the technical and conventional distinction of lawyers, all titles being either good or bad, the former would be considered marketable, the latter non-marketable. But this is not the way they are regarded in courts of equity, the distinction taken there being not between a title which is absolutely good or absolutely bad, but between a title, which the court considers to be so clear that it will enforce its acceptance by a purchaser, and one which the court will not go so far as to declare a bad title, but only that it is subject to so much doubt that a purchaser ought not to be compelled to accept it. 1 Jac. & Walk. R. 568. In short, whatever may be the private opinion of the court, as to the goodness of the title yet if there be a reasonable doubt either as to a matter of law or fact involved in it, a purchaser will not be compelled to complete his purchase; and such a title, though it may be perfectly secure and unimpeachable as a holding title is said, in the current language of the day, to be unmarketable. Atkins on Tit.2. 7. The doctrine of marketable titles is purely equitable and of modern origin. Id. 26. At law every title not bad is marketable. 6 Taunt. R. 263; 5 Taunt. R. 625; S. C. 1 Marsh., R. 258. See Dalzell v. Crawford, 2 Penn. Law Journ. 17. 8. A doubtful title is one which the court does not consider to be so clear that it will enforce its acceptance by a purchaser, nor so defective as to declare it a bad title, but only subject to so much doubt that a purchaser ought not to be compelled to accept it. 1 Jac. & Walk. R. 568; 9 Cowen, R. 344; vide Title, Marketable. 9. At common law, doubtful, titles are unknown; there every title must be either good or bad. Atkins on Tit. 17. See Dalzell v. Crawford, 2 Penn. Law Journ. 17. 10. A bad title is one which conveys no property to a purchaser of an estate. 11. Title to real estate is acquired by two methods, namely, by descent and by purchase. (See these words.) 12. Title to personal property may accrue in three different ways. By original acquisition. 2. By transfer, by act of law. 3. By transfer, by, act of the parties. 13.-Sec. 1. Title by original acquisition is acquired, 1st. By occupancy. This mode of acquiring title has become almost extinct in civilized governments, and it is permitted to exist only in those few special cases, in which it may be consistent with the public good. First. Goods taken by capture in war were, by the common law, adjudged to belong to the captor, but now goods taken from enemies in time of war, vest primarily in the sovereign, and they belong to the individual captors only to the extent and under such regulations, as positive laws may prescribe. Finch's Law, 28, 178 Bro. tit. Property, pl. 18, 38; 1 Wilson, 211; 2 Kent, Com. 290, 95. Secondly. Another instance of acquisition by occupancy, which still exists under certain limitations, is that of goods casually lost by the owner, and unreclaimed, or designedly abandoned by him; and in both these cases they belong to the fortunate finder. 1 Bl. Com. 296. See Derilict. 14.-2d. Title by original acquisition is acquired by accession. See Accession. 15.-3d. It is acquired by intellectual labor. It consists of literary property as the construction of maps and charts, the writing of books and papers. The benefits arising from such labor are secured to the owner. 1. By patent rights for inventions. See Patents. 2. By copyrights. See Copyrights. 16.-Sec. 2. The title to personal property is acquired and lost by transfer, by act of law, in various ways. 1. By forfeiture. 2. By succession. 3. By marriage. 4. By judgment. 5. By insolvency. 6. By intestacy. 17.-Sec. 3. Title is also acquired and lost by transfer by the act of the party. 1. By gift. 2. By contract or sale. 18. In general, possession constitutes the criterion of title of personal property, because no other means exist by which a knowledge of the fact to whom it belongs can be attained. A seller of a chattel is not, therefore, required to show the origin of his title, nor, in general, is a purchaser, without notice of the claim of the owner, compellable to make restitution; but, it seems, that a purchaser from a tenant for life of personal chattels, will not be secure against the claims of those entitled in remainder. Cowp. 432; 1 Bro. C. C. 274; 2 T. R. 376; 3 Atk. 44; 3 V. & B. 16. 19. To the rule that possession is the criterion of title of property may be mentioned the case of ships, the title of which can be ascertained by the register. 15 Ves. 60; 17 Ves. 251; 8 Price, R. 256, 277. 20. To convey a title the seller must himself have a title to the property which is the subject of the transfer. But to this general rule there are exceptions. 1. The lawful coin of the United States will pass the property along with the possession. 2. A negotiable instrument endorsed in blank is transferable by any person holding it, so as by its delivery to give a good title "to any person honestly acquiring it." 3 B. & C. 47; 3 Burr. 1516; 5 T. R. 683; 7 Bing. 284; 7 Taunt. 265, 278; 13 East, 509; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

TITLE, persons. Titles are distinctions by which a person is known. 2. The constitution of the United States forbids the tyrant by the United States, or any state of any title of nobility. (q.v.) Titles are bestowed by courtesy on certain officers; the president of the United States sometimes receives the title of excellency; judges and members of congress that of honorable; and members of the bar and justices of the peace are called esquires. Cooper's, Justinian, 416'; Brackenridge's Law Miscell. Index, h.t. 3. Titles are assumed by foreign princes, and, among their subjects they may exact these marks of honor, but in their intercourse with foreign nations they are not entitled to them as a matter of right. Wheat. Intern. Law, pt. 2, c. 3, Sec. 6.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

TITLE, literature. The particular division of a subject, as a law, a book, and the like; for example, Digest, book 1, title 2; for the law relating to bills of exchange, see Bacon's Abridgment, title Merchant.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

TITLE, rights. The name of a newspaper a book, and the like. 2. The owner of a newspaper, having particular title, has a right to such title, an an injunction will lie to prevent its use un lawfully by another. 8 Paige, 75. See Pardess. n. 170.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

TITLE, pleading, rights. The right of action which the plaintiff has; the declaration must show the plaintiff's title, and if such title be not shown in that instrument, the defect cannot be cured by any of the future pleadings. Bac. Ab. Pleas, &c. B 1.