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Meaning of DISTRAIN

Pronunciation:  di'streyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  legally take something in place of a debt payment
  2. [v]  confiscate by distress
  3. [v]  levy a distress on

DISTRAIN is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: attach, confiscate, impose, impound, levy, reclaim, repossess, seize, sequester



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*train"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distrained}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Distraining}.] [OE. destreinen to force, OF.
    destreindre to press, oppress, force, fr. L. distringere,
    districtum, to draw asunder, hinder, molest, LL., to punish
    severely; di- = stringere to draw tight, press together. See
    {Strain}, and cf. {Distress}, {District}, {Distraint}.]
    1. To press heavily upon; to bear down upon with violence;
       hence, to constrain or compel; to bind; to distress,
       torment, or afflict. [Obs.] ``Distrained with chains.''
    2. To rend; to tear. [Obs.]
             Neither guile nor force might it [a net] distrain.
    3. (Law)
       (a) 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
       (b) To subject to distress; to coerce; as, to distrain a
           person by his goods and chattels.
  2. \Dis*train"\, v. i.
    To levy a distress.
          Upon whom I can distrain for debt.       --Camden.