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 for Privy seal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Seal \Seal\, n. [OE. seel, OF. seel, F. sceau, fr. L. sigillum a
     little figure or image, a seal, dim. of signum a mark, sign,
     figure, or image. See Sign, n., and cf. Sigil.]
     1. An engraved or inscribed stamp, used for marking an
        impression in wax or other soft substance, to be attached
        to a document, or otherwise used by way of authentication
        or security.
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     2. Wax, wafer, or other tenacious substance, set to an
        instrument, and impressed or stamped with a seal; as, to
        give a deed under hand and seal.
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              Till thou canst rail the seal from off my bond
              Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. That which seals or fastens; esp., the wax or wafer placed
        on a letter or other closed paper, etc., to fasten it.
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     4. That which confirms, ratifies, or makes stable; that which
        authenticates; that which secures; assurance. "Under the
        seal of silence." --Milton.
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              Like a red seal is the setting sun
              On the good and the evil men have done.
                                                    --Longfellow.
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     5. An arrangement for preventing the entrance or return of
        gas or air into a pipe, by which the open end of the pipe
        dips beneath the surface of water or other liquid, or a
        deep bend or sag in the pipe is filled with the liquid; a
        draintrap.
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     Great seal. See under Great.
  
     Privy seal. See under Privy, a.
  
     Seal lock, a lock in which the keyhole is covered by a seal
        in such a way that the lock can not be opened without
        rupturing the seal.
  
     Seal manual. See under Manual, a.
  
     Seal ring, a ring having a seal engraved on it, or
        ornamented with a device resembling a seal; a signet ring.
        --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Privy \Priv"y\, a. [F. priv['e], fr. L. privatus. See
     Private.]
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     1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to
        private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. "
        Privee knights and squires." --Chaucer.
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     2. Secret; clandestine. " A privee thief." --Chaucer.
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     3. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the
        public. " Privy chambers." --Ezek. xxi. 14.
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     4. Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly
        cognizant; privately knowing.
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              His wife also being privy to it.      --Acts v. 2.
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              Myself am one made privy to the plot. --Shak.
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     Privy chamber, a private apartment in a royal residence.
        [Eng.]
  
     Privy council (Eng. Law), the principal council of the
        sovereign, composed of the cabinet ministers and other
        persons chosen by the king or queen. --Burrill.
  
     Privy councilor, a member of the privy council.
  
     Privy purse, moneys set apart for the personal use of the
        monarch; also, the title of the person having charge of
        these moneys. [Eng.] --Macaulay.
  
     Privy seal or Privy signet, the seal which the king uses
        in grants, etc., which are to pass the great seal, or
        which he uses in matters of subordinate consequence which
        do not require the great seal; also, elliptically, the
        principal secretary of state, or person intrusted with the
        privy seal. [Eng.]
  
     Privy verdict, a verdict given privily to the judge out of
        court; -- now disused. --Burrill.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PRIVY SEAL, Eng. law. A seal which the king uses to such grants or things as 
  pass the great seal. 2 Inst. 554. 
  
  

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