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In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, unless the context indicates otherwise--
words importing the singular include and apply to several persons, parties, or things;
words importing the plural include the singular;
words importing the masculine gender include the feminine as well;
words used in the present tense include the future as well as the present;
the words ?insane? and ?insane person? shall include every idiot, insane person, and person non compos mentis;
the words ?person? and ?whoever? include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals;
?officer? includes any person authorized by law to perform the duties of the office;
?signature? or ?subscription? includes a mark when the person making the same intended it as such;
?oath? includes affirmation, and ?sworn? includes affirmed;
?writing? includes printing and typewriting and reproductions of visual symbols by photographing, multigraphing, mimeographing, manifolding, or otherwise.
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