Webster 1913 Edition
Transmission by formal act or conveyance to an heir or successor; transference; especially, the transfer or transmission of the crown or royal authority to a successor.
The decease of a royal or princely person; hence, also, the death of any illustrious person.
demiseof the Queen [of George II.], in 1737, they [drawing- rooms] were held but twice a week.
The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.
☞ The demise of the crown is a transfer of the crown, royal authority, or kingdom, to a successor. Thus, when Edward IV. was driven from his throne for a few months by the house of Lancaster, this temporary transfer of his dignity was called a demise. Thus the natural death of a king or queen came to be denominated a demise, as by that event the crown is transferred to a successor.
Syn. – Death; decease; departure. See
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To transfer or transmit by succession or inheritance; to grant or bestow by will; to bequeath.“Power to demise my lands.”
demiseto any child of mine?
To convey; to give.
His soul is at his conception
To convey, as an estate, by lease; to lease.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.In England, a laying down or removal, applied to the crown or royal authority. The demise of the crown, is a transfer of the crown, royal authority or kingdom to a successor. Thus when Edward fourth was driven from his throne for a few months by the house of Lancaster, this temporary transfer of his dignity was called a demise. Hence the natural death of a king or queen came to be denominated a demise, as by that event, the crown is transferred to a successor.
2.A conveyance or transfer of an estate, by lease or will.
Demise and redemise, a conveyance where there are mutual leases made from one to another of the same land, or something out of it.
1.To transfer or convey; to lease.
2.To bequeath; to grant by will.