Demurrer to evidence, an exception taken by a party to the evidence offered by the opposite party, and an objecting to proceed further, on the allegation that such evidence is not sufficient in law to maintain the issue, and a reference to the court to determine the point. Bouvier.

(De*my") n.; pl. Demies [See Demi-.]

1. A printing and a writing paper of particular sizes. See under Paper.

2. A half fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. [Written also demi.]

He was elected into Magdalen College as a demy; a term by which that society denominates those elsewhere called "scholars," young men who partake of the founder's benefaction, and succeed in their order to vacant fellowships.

(De*my"), a. Pertaining to, or made of, the size of paper called demy; as, a demy book.

(Den) n. [AS. denn; perh. akin to G. tenne floor, thrashing floor, and to AS. denu valley.]

1. A small cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill, or among rocks; esp., a cave used by a wild beast for shelter or concealment; as, a lion's den; a den of robbers.

2. A squalid place of resort; a wretched dwelling place; a haunt; as, a den of vice. "Those squalid dens, which are the reproach of great capitals." Addison.

3. Any snug or close retreat where one goes to be alone. [Colloq.]

Demurely to Denotate

(De*mure"ly), adv. In a demure manner; soberly; gravely; — now, commonly, with a mere show of gravity or modesty.

They . . . looked as demurely as they could; for 't was a hanging matter to laugh unseasonably.

(De*mure"ness) n. The state of being demure; gravity; the show of gravity or modesty.

(De*mur"i*ty) n. Demureness; also, one who is demure. Sir T. Browne.

(De*mur"ra*ble) a. That may be demurred to. Stormonth.

(De*mur"rage) n. [Cf. OF. demorage delay. See Demur.] (Law) (a) The detention of a vessel by the freighter beyond the time allowed in her charter party for loading, unloading, or sailing. (b) The allowance made to the master or owner of the ship for such delay or detention.

The claim for demurrage ceases as soon as the ship is cleared out and ready for sailing.

The term is also applied to similar delays and allowances in land carriage, by wagons, railroads, etc.

(De*mur"ral) n. Demur; delay in acting or deciding.

The same causes of demurral existed which prevented British troops from assisting in the expulsion of the French from Rome.

(De*mur"rer) n.

1. One who demurs.

2. (Law) A stop or pause by a party to an action, for the judgment of the court on the question, whether, assuming the truth of the matter alleged by the opposite party, it is sufficient in law to sustain the action or defense, and hence whether the party resting is bound to answer or proceed further.

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