|a.||1.||(Law) Middle; intervening; |
MESNE. The middle between two extremes, that part between the commencement
and the end, as it relates to time.
2. Hence the profits which a man receives between disseisin and recovery of lands are called mesne profits. (q.v.) Process which is issued in a suit between the original and final process, is called mesne process. (q.v.)
3. In England, the word mesne also applies to a dignity: those persons who hold lordships or manors of some superior who is called lord paramount, and grant the same to inferior persons, are called mesne lords.
PROCESS, MESNE, practice. By this term is generally understood any writ
issued in the course of a suit between the original process and execution.
2. By this term is also meant the writ or proceedings in an action to summon or bring the defendant into court, or compel him to appear or put in bail, and then to hear and answer the plaintiffs claim. 3 Chit. Pr. 140.