estray


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es·tray

 (ĭ-strā′)
n. Law
A stray.
intr.v. es·trayed, es·tray·ing, es·trays Archaic
To stray.

[Middle English astrai, from Anglo-Norman estray, from estraier, to stray, from Old French; see stray.]

estray

(ɪˈstreɪ)
n
(Law) law a stray domestic animal of unknown ownership
[C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French estraier to stray]

es•tray

(ɪˈstreɪ)

n.
1. a stray.
v.i.
2. Archaic. to stray.
[1250–1300; Middle English astrai < Anglo-French estray, derivative of Old French estraier to stray]
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The horse was accordingly taken possession of, as an estray; but a more vigilant watch than usual was kept round the camp at nights, lest his former owners should be upon the prowl.
No queerer estray ever drifted along the stream of life.
This is the picture you see spread far below you, with distance to soften it, the sun to glorify it, strong contrasts to heighten the effects, and over it and about it a drowsing air of repose to spiritualize it and make it seem rather a beautiful estray from the mysterious worlds we visit in dreams than a substantial tenant of our coarse, dull globe.
The dreary day "[w]as settling to its close, yet shot one grim / Red leer to see the plain catch its estray" (11.
This concern forms the basis for the economic analysis of common law rules for tort liability, contract breach, and even modifications to property rights such as adverse possession and estray law.
estray laws, soldiers are able to satisfy the first
KILLING, MAIMING, DISFIGURING OR POISONING ANIMAL OF ANOTHER PERSON; KILLING ESTRAY OR LIVESTOCK
lands shall be entitled to recover it only if recovery is permissible under the branding and estray laws of the state in which the animal is
It became an estray, eventually passing into the hands of Mr G.
authority over wild horses and burros on public lands despite contrary state estray law); cf Cal.
He notes the historical pressure on California legislatures to close the range, a pressure that grew through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and culminated in the Estray Act of 1915, which made owners of livestock in most of the state strictly liable for trespass damage.(10) He points to the continuing pressure on Shasta and other northern counties to enact similar restrictive legislation.(11) But he relegates this information to background.