|n.||1.||A state of holding on in a continuous course; manner of continuity; constant mode; general tendency; course; career.|
Along the cool sequestered vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their away.
|2.||That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.|
When it [the bond] is paid according to the tenor.
Does not the whole tenor of the divine law positively require humility and meekness to all men?
|3.||Stamp; character; nature.|
This success would look like chance, if it were perpetual, and always of the same tenor.
|4.||(Law) An exact copy of a writing, set forth in the words and figures of it. It differs from purport, which is only the substance or general import of the instrument.|
|5.||(Mus.) The higher of the two kinds of voices usually belonging to adult males; hence, the part in the harmony adapted to this voice; the second of the four parts in the scale of sounds, reckoning from the base, and originally the air, to which the other parts were auxillary.|
TENOR, pleading. This word, applied to an instrument in pleading, signifies an exact copy; it differs from purport. (q.v.) 2 Phil. Ev. 99; 2 Russ. on Cr. 365; 1, Chit. Cr. Law, 235; 1 Mass. 203; 1 East, R. 180, and the cases cited in the notes. In chancery practice, by tenor is understood a certified copy of records of other courts removed into chancery by certiorari. Gresl. Ev. 309.
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