Distrain

Definition of Distrain

Dis`train´
v. t.1.To press heavily upon; to bear down upon with violence; hence, to constrain or compel; to bind; to distress, torment, or afflict.
[imp. & p. p. Distrained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Distraining.]
2.To rend; to tear.
Neither guile nor force might it [a net] distrain.
- Spenser.
3.(Law) To seize, as a pledge or indemnification; to take possession of as security for nonpayment of rent, the reparation of an injury done, etc.; to take by distress; as, to distrain goods for rent, or of an amercement.
v. i.1.To levy a distress.
Upon whom I can distrain for debt.
- Camden.

Related Words

impose, levy
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