In*ves"ti*ture (?; 135), n. [LL.
investitura: cf. F. investiture.]
1. The act or ceremony of investing, or the
state of being invested, as with an office; a giving possession;
also, the right of so investing.
He had refused to yield up to the pope the
investiture of bishops. Sir W.
2. (Feudal Law) Livery of
The grant of land or a feud was perfected by the
ceremony of corporal investiture, or open delivery of
3. That with which anyone is invested or
clothed; investment; clothing; covering.
While we yet have on
Our gross investiture of mortal weeds.