|n.||1.||The act of setting apart or consecrating to a divine Being, or to a sacred use, often with religious solemnities; solemn appropriation; |
|2.||A devoting or setting aside for any particular purpose; |
|3.||An address to a patron or friend, prefixed to a book, testifying respect, and often recommending the work to his special protection and favor.|
|Noun||1.||dedication - complete and wholehearted fidelity|
|2.||dedication - a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose|
|3.||dedication - a message that makes a pledge|
|4.||dedication - a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something|
|5.||dedication - the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; "his long commitment to public service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team"|
DEDICATION. Solemn appropriation. It may be expressed or implied.
2. An express dedication of property to public use is made by a direct appropriation of it to such use, and it will be enforced. 2 Peters, R. 566; 6 Hill, N. Y. Rep. 407.
3. But a dedication of property to public or pious uses may be implied from the acts of the owner. A permission to the public for the space of eight or even six years, to use a street without bar or impediment, is evidence from which a dedication to the public may be inferred. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1631; 11 East, R. 376; 12 Wheat. R. 585; 10 Pet. 662; 2 Watts, 23; 1 Whart. 469; 3 Verm, 279; 6 Verm. 365; 7 Ham. part 2, 135; 12 Wend. 172; 11 Ala. R. 63, 81; 1 Spencer, 86; 8 Miss. R. 448 5 Watts & S. 141; Wright, 150; 6 Hill, 407 24 Pick. 71; 6 Pet. 431, 498 9 Port.,527; 3 Bing. 447; sed vide 5 Taunt. R. 125. Vide Street, and the following authorities: 3 Kent, Com. 450; 5 Taunt. 125 5 Barn. & Ald. 454: 4 Barn. & Ald. 447; Math. Pres. 833. As to what shall amount to a dedication of an invention to public use, see 1 Gallis. 482; 1 Paine's C. C. R. 345; 2. Pet. R. 1; 7 Pet. R. 292; 4 Mason, R. 1018. See Destination.