Charge

Definition of Charge

Pronunciation: chärj
v. t.1.To lay on or impose, as a load, tax, or burden; to load; to fill.
[imp. & p. p. Charged (chärjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Charging.]
A carte that charged was with hay.
- Chaucer.
The charging of children's memories with rules.
- Locke.
2.To lay on or impose, as a task, duty, or trust; to command, instruct, or exhort with authority; to enjoin; to urge earnestly; as, to charge a jury; to charge the clergy of a diocese; to charge an agent.
Moses . . . charged you to love the Lord your God.
- Josh. xxii. 5.
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition.
- Shak.
3.To lay on, impose, or make subject to or liable for.
When land shall be charged by any lien.
- Kent.
4.To fix or demand as a price; as, he charges two dollars a barrel for apples.
5.To place something to the account of as a debt; to debit, as, to charge one with goods. Also, to enter upon the debit side of an account; as, to charge a sum to one.
6.To impute or ascribe; to lay to one's charge.
No more accuse thy pen, but charge the crime
On native sloth and negligence of time.
- Dryden.
7.To accuse; to make a charge or assertion against (a person or thing); to lay the responsibility (for something said or done) at the door of.
If he did that wrong you charge him with.
- Tennyson.
8.To place within or upon any firearm, piece of apparatus or machinery, the quantity it is intended and fitted to hold or bear; to load; to fill; as, to charge a gun; to charge an electrical machine, etc.
Their battering cannon charged to the mouths.
- Shak.
9.To ornament with or cause to bear; as, to charge an architectural member with a molding.
10.(Her.) To assume as a bearing; as, he charges three roses or; to add to or represent on; as, he charges his shield with three roses or.
11.To call to account; to challenge.
To charge me to an answer.
- Shak.
12.To bear down upon; to rush upon; to attack.
Charged our main battle's front.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To make an onset or rush; as, to charge with fixed bayonets.
Like your heroes of antiquity, he charges in iron.
- Glanvill.
"Charge for the guns!" he said.
- Tennyson.
2.To demand a price; as, to charge high for goods.
3.To debit on an account; as, to charge for purchases.
4.To squat on its belly and be still; - a command given by a sportsman to a dog.
n.1.A load or burder laid upon a person or thing.
2.A person or thing commited or intrusted to the care, custody, or management of another; a trust.
3.Custody or care of any person, thing, or place; office; responsibility; oversight; obigation; duty.
'Tis a great charge to come under one body's hand.
- Shak.
4.Heed; care; anxiety; trouble.
5.Harm.
6.An order; a mandate or command; an injunction.
The king gave cherge concerning Absalom.
- 2. Sam. xviii. 5.
7.An address (esp. an earnest or impressive address) containing instruction or exhortation; as, the charge of a judge to a jury; the charge of a bishop to his clergy.
8.An accusation of a wrong of offense; allegation; indictment; specification of something alleged.
The charge of confounding very different classes of phenomena.
- Whewell.
9.Whatever constitutes a burden on property, as rents, taxes, lines, etc.; costs; expense incurred; - usually in the plural.
10.The price demanded for a thing or service.
11.An entry or a account of that which is due from one party to another; that which is debited in a business transaction; as, a charge in an account book.
12.That quantity, as of ammunition, electricity, ore, fuel, etc., which any apparatus, as a gun, battery, furnace, machine, etc., is intended to receive and fitted to hold, or which is actually in it at one time
13.The act of rushing upon, or towards, an enemy; a sudden onset or attack, as of troops, esp. cavalry; hence, the signal for attack; as, to sound the charge.
Never, in any other war afore, gave the Romans a hotter charge upon the enemies.
- Holland.
The charge of the light brigade.
- Tennyson.
14.A position (of a weapon) fitted for attack; as, to bring a weapon to the charge.
15.(Far.) A sort of plaster or ointment.
16.(Her.) A bearing. See Bearing, n., 8.
17.Thirty-six pigs of lead, each pig weighing about seventy pounds; - called also charre.
18.Weight; import; value.
Many suchlike "as's" of great charge.
- Shak.
Back charge
See under Back, a.
Bursting charge
a - (Mil.) The charge which bursts a shell, etc.
b - (Mining) A small quantity of fine powder to secure the ignition of a charge of coarse powder in blasting.
Charge and discharge
(Equity Practice) the old mode or form of taking an account before a master in chancery.
Charge sheet
the paper on which are entered at a police station all arrests and accusations.
To sound the charge
to give the signal for an attack.

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