For the purpose of this code, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   COUNTY. Harnett County, North Carolina.
   LILLINGTON TOWN BOARD.  The governing body of the Town of Lillington, North Carolina.
   MONTH. A calendar month.
   OATH. Includes an affirmation in all cases in which, by law, an affirmation may be substituted for an OATH, and in such cases, the words SWEAR and SWORN shall be equivalent to the words AFFIRM and AFFIRMED.
   OWNER. When applied to any property, shall include any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, joint tenant or tenant by the entirety of the whole or part of such property.
   PERSON. A corporation, firm, partnership, association, organization and any other group acting as a unit, as well as an individual.
   PERSONAL PROPERTY. Every species of property, except real property as herein defined.
   PRECEDING and FOLLOWING. Next before and next after, respectively.
   PROPERTY. Real and personal property.
   REAL PROPERTY. Lands, tenements and hereditaments.
   SHALL and MAY.  The word SHALL is mandatory, and the word MAY is permissive.
   SIDEWALK. Any portion of a street between the curb line and the adjacent property line intended for the use of pedestrians.
   SIGNATURE or SUBSCRIPTION. A mark when a person cannot write.
   STATE. The State of North Carolina.
   STREET. Any public way, road, highway, street, avenue, boulevard, parkway, alley, lane, viaduct, bridge and the approaches thereto within the town and shall mean the entire width of the right-of-way between abutting property lines.
   SUBCHAPTER. A division of a chapter, designated in this code by an italicized heading in the chapter analysis and a capitalized heading in the body of the chapter, setting apart a group of sections related by the subject matter of the heading. Not all chapters have SUBCHAPTERS.
   TENANT or OCCUPANT. When applied to a building or land shall include any person who occupies the whole or a part of such building or land, whether alone or with others.
   TOWN. The Town of Lillington in the County of Harnett and the State of North Carolina.
   WRITING or WRITTEN. Shall include printing and any other mode of representing words and letters.
   YEAR. A calendar year.
(1991 Code, § 10.04)
Statutory reference:
   Similar statutory definitions, see G.S. § 12-3