The ordinary meaning of a word is prima facie that employed,1 and will be used in construction unless the context,2 or admissible evidence,3 shows that another meaning was intended, even if it may not be the accurate meaning,4 or even if the ordinary meaning is so colloquial as not to appear in the dictionary.5

9 Crane's Nest Coal & Coke Co. v. Virginia Iron, Coal & Coke Co., 105 Va. 785, 54 S. E. 884.

10 Atchison, etc., R. R. v. R. R., 162 III. 632, 35 L. R. A. 167, 44 N. E. 823; Wisner v. Field, 15 N. D. 43, 106 N. W. 38.

11 United States. Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Co., Ltd., v. United States, 50 Ct. CI. 213.

Iowa. Streator Clay Mfg. Co. v. Henning-Vineyard Co., 176 la. 297, 155 N. W. 1001.

North Carolina. Finger v. Goode, 169 N. Car. 72, 85 S. E. 137; Makuen v. Elder, 170 N. Car. 510, 87 S. E. 334.

Washington. Tacoma Mill Co. v. Northern Pacific Ry. Co., 89 Wash. 187, 154 Pac. 173.

West Virginia. Griffin v. Fairmont Coal Co., 59 W. Va. 480, 2 L. R. A. (N.S.) 1115, 53 S. E. 24.

1 United States. Francis Bros. v. Boiler Co., 112 Fed. 899; Fitzgerald v. Bank, 114 Fed. 474, 52 C. C. A. 276; Vinton Petroleum Co. v. Sun Co., 230 Fed. 105, 144 C. C. A. 403.

Arkansas. Hastings Industrial Co.

v. Copeland, 114 Ark. 415, 169 S. W. 1185.

California. Adams v. Hopkins, 144 Cal. 19, 77 Pac. 712; Alderson v. Houston, 154 Cal. 1, 96 Pac. 884.

Florida. Langley v. Owens, 52 Fla. 302, 42 So. 457.

Georgia. Candler v. Georgia Theater Co., 148 Ga. 188, L. R. A. 1918F, 389, 96 S. E. 226.

Iowa. Hill v. Travelers' Ins. Co., 146 la. 133, 28 L. R. A. (N.S.) 742, 124 N. W. 898.

Kentucky. Spring Garden Ins. Co. v. Imperial Tobacco Co., 132 Ky. 7, 138 Am. St. Rep. 164, 20 L. R. A. (N.S.) 277, 116 S. W. 234.

Maine. E. A. Strout Co., v. Gay, 105 Me. 108, 24 L. R. A. (N.S.) 562, 72 Atl. 881.

Missouri. Lewis Publishing Co. v. Rural Publishing Co. (Mo.), 181 S. W. 93; Missouri, etc., Co. v. Bry, 88 Mo. App. 135.

New Hampshire. Moore v. Ins. Co., 62 N. H. 240, 13 Am. St. Rep. 556.

Ohio. Methodist, etc., Society v. Water Co., 20 Ohio C. C. 578, 10 Ohio C. D. 648.

Such terms as "renewal,"6 and "extension"7 are popular and not technical terms. A covenant to operate a "first-class theater" does not include a moving-picture show.8 A reference to land as "sold," ordinarily imports a sale which is executed only when the conveyance has been made and delivered.9 An instrument whereby the owner of land recites that he has sold the land, and that he will give and execute the documents of conveyance therefor, is a contract of sale and not a conveyance.10

The meaning at the time that the instrument was executed, rather than the meaning at the time of litigation, controls.11