(Sum"mit*less), a. Having no summit.
(Sum"mit*y) n. [L. summitas, fr. summus highest: cf. F. sommité. See Sum, n.]
1. The height or top of anything. [Obs.] Swift.
2. The utmost degree; perfection. [Obs.] Hallywell.
(Sum"mon) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Summoned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Summoning.] [OE. somonen,
OF. sumundre, semondre, F. semondre, from (assumed) LL. summonere, for L. summonere to give
a hint; sub under + monere to admonish, to warn. See Monition, and cf. Submonish.]
1. To call, bid, or cite; to notify to come to appear; often with up.
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.Shak.
Trumpets summon him to war.Dryden.
2. To give notice to, or command to appear, as in court; to cite by authority; as, to summon witnesses.
3. (Mil.) To call upon to surrender, as a fort.
Syn. To call; cite; notify; convene; convoke; excite; invite; bid. See Call.
(Sum"mon*er) n. [OE. somner, sompnour, OF. semoneor, F. semonneur. See Summon,
v. t.] One who summons; one who cites by authority; specifically, a petty officer formerly employed to
summon persons to appear in court; an apparitor.
(Sum"mons) n.; pl. Summonses [OE. somouns, OF. sumunse, semonse, semonce, F.
semonce, semondre to summon, OF. p. p. semons. See Summon, v.]
1. The act of summoning; a call by authority, or by the command of a superior, to appear at a place
named, or to attend to some duty.
Special summonses by the king.Hallam.
This summons . . . unfit either to dispute or disobey.Bp. Fell.
He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was regarded.Sir J. Hayward.
2. (Law) A warning or citation to appear in court; a written notification signed by the proper officer, to be
served on a person, warning him to appear in court at a day specified, to answer to the plaintiff, testify
as a witness, or the like.
3. (Mil.) A demand to surrender.