|1.||a formal written charge of crime formerly referred to and presented on oath by a grand jury|
|2.||any formal accusation of crime|
|3.||(Scot) a charge of crime brought at the instance of the Lord Advocate|
|4.||the act of indicting or the state of being indicted|
A formal accusation of a crime, presented to the accused party after the charges have been considered by a grand jury.