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 for Bench warrant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Warrant \War"rant\, n. [OE. warant, OF. warant a warrant, a
     defender, protector, F. garant, originally a p. pr. pf German
     origin, fr. OHG. wer[=e]n to grant, warrant, G. gew[aum]hren;
     akin to OFries. wera. Cf. Guarantee.]
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     1. That which warrants or authorizes; a commission giving
        authority, or justifying the doing of anything; an act,
        instrument, or obligation, by which one person authorizes
        another to do something which he has not otherwise a right
        to do; an act or instrument investing one with a right or
        authority, and thus securing him from loss or damage;
        commission; authority. Specifically: 
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        (a) A writing which authorizes a person to receive money
            or other thing.
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        (b) (Law) A precept issued by a magistrate authorizing an
            officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search, or
            do other acts incident to the administration of
            justice.
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        (c) (Mil. & Nav.) An official certificate of appointment
            issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned
            officer. See Warrant officer, below.
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     2. That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty;
        security.
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              I give thee warrant of thy place.     --Shak.
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              His worth is warrant for his welcome hither. --Shak.
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     3. That which attests or proves; a voucher.
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     4. Right; legality; allowance. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     Bench warrant. (Law) See in the Vocabulary.
  
     Dock warrant (Com.), a customhouse license or authority.
  
     General warrant. (Law) See under General.
  
     Land warrant. See under Land.
  
     Search warrant. (Law) See under Search, n.
  
     Warrant of attorney (Law), written authority given by one
        person to another empowering him to transact business for
        him; specifically, written authority given by a client to
        his attorney to appear for him in court, and to suffer
        judgment to pass against him by confession in favor of
        some specified person. --Bouvier.
  
     Warrant officer, a noncommissioned officer, as a sergeant,
        corporal, bandmaster, etc., in the army, or a
        quartermaster, gunner, boatswain, etc., in the navy.
  
     Warrant to sue and defend.
        (a) (O. Eng. Law) A special warrant from the crown,
            authorizing a party to appoint an attorney to sue or
            defend for him.
        (b) A special authority given by a party to his attorney
            to commence a suit, or to appear and defend a suit in
            his behalf. This warrant is now disused. --Burrill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bench warrant \Bench" war`rant\ (Law)
     A process issued by a presiding judge or by a court against a
     person guilty of some contempt, or indicted for some crime;
     -- so called in distinction from a justice's warrant.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bench warrant
      n 1: a warrant authorizing law enforcement officials to
           apprehend an offender and bring that person to court [syn:
           bench warrant, arrest warrant]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BENCH WARRANT, crim. law. The name of a process sometimes given to an 
  attachment issued by order of a criminal court, against an individual for 
  some contempt, or for the purpose of arresting a person accused; the latter 
  is seldom granted unless when a true bill has been found. 
  
  

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