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 for Warrant of attorney
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 Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  WARRANT OF ATTORNEY, practice. An instrument in writing, addressed to one or 
  more attorneys therein named, authorizing them generally to appear in any 
  court, or in some specified court, on behalf of the person giving it, and to 
  confess judgment in favor of some particular person therein named, in an 
  action of debt, and usually containing a stipulation not to bring any writ 
  of error, or file a bill in equity, so as to delay him. 
       2. This general authority is usually qualified by reciting a bond which 
  commonly accompanies it, together with the condition annexed to it, or by a 
  written defeasance stating the terms upon which it was given, and 
  restraining the creditor from making immediate use of it. 31. In form it is 
  generally by deed; but it seems, it need not necessarily be so. 5 Taunt. 
  264. 
       4. This instrument is given to the creditor as a security. Possessing 
  it, he may sign judgment and issue an execution, without its being necessary 
  to wait the termination. of an action. Vide 14 East, R. 576; 2 T. R. 100; 1 
  H. Bl. 75; 1 Str 20; 2 Bl. Rep. 1133; 2 Wils. 3; 1 Chit. Rep. 707. 
       5. A warrant of attorney given to confess a judgment is not revocable, 
  and, notwithstanding a revocation, judgment may be entered upon it. 2 Ld. 
  Raym. 766, 850; 1 Salk. 87; 7 Mod. 93; 2 Esp, Rep. 563. The death of the 
  debtor is, however, generally speaking, a revocation. Co. Litt. 62 b; 1 
  Vent. 310. Vide Hall's Pr. 14, n. 
       6. The virtue of a warrant of attorney is spent by the entry of one 
  judgment, and a second judgment entered on the same warrant is irregular. 1 
  Penna. R. 245; 6 S. & R. 296: 14 S. & R. 170; Addis. R. 267; 2 Browne's R. 
  321, 3 Wash. C. C. R. 558. Vide, generally, 18 Eng. Com. Law Rep. 94, 96, 
  179, 209; 1 Salk. 402; 3 Vin. Ab. 291; 1 Sell. Pr. 374; Com. Dig. Abatement, 
  E 1, 2; Id. Attorney, B 7, 8; 2 Archbold's Pr. 12; Bing. on Judgments, 38; 
  Grah. Pr. 618; l Crompt. Pr. 316; 1 Troub. & Haly's Pr. 96. 
       7. A warrant of attorney differs from a cognovit, actionem. (q.v.) See 
  Metc. & Perk. Dig. Bond, IV. 
  
  

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