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1 : a ministerial officer appointed for each judicial district of the U.S. to execute the process of the courts and perform various duties similar to those of a sheriff
2 : a law officer in some cities (as New York) of the U.S. who is entrusted with particular duties (as serving the process of justice of the peace courts)
3 : the administrative head of the police or esp. fire department in some cities of the U.S.
-shaled also: -shalled
-shal·ing also: -shal·ling
: to fix the order of (assets) with respect to liability or availability for payment of obligations
: to fix the order of (as liens or remedies) with respect to priority against a debtor's assets see also marshaling
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.