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Meaning of LIEN

Pronunciation:  'lIun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses
  2. [n]  the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged

LIEN is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: spleen
 See Also: arteria lienalis, artisan's lien, judgment lien, landlord's lien, lienal artery, lymphatic system, lymphatic tissue, lymphoid tissue, mechanic's lien, security interest, splenic artery, splenic vein, systema lymphaticum, tax lien, vena lienalis, warehouseman's lien



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Li"en\ (l[imac]"[e^]n), obs. p. p.
    of {Lie}. See {Lain}. --Ps. lxviii. 13.
  2. \Lien\ (l[=e]n or l[imac]"[e^]n; 277), n. [F. lien band,
    bond, tie, fr. L. ligamen, fr. ligare to bind. Cf. {League} a
    union, {Leam} a string, {Leamer}, {Ligament}.] (Law)
    A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for
    the satisfaction of some debt or duty; a right in one to
    control or hold and retain the property of another until some
    claim of the former is paid or satisfied.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: An encumbrance or legal burden upon property.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: adjustment mortgage, antichresis, blanket mortgage, bottomry, bottomry bond, chattel mortgage, closed mortgage, common-law lien, dead pledge, deed of trust, first mortgage, general lien, hypothec, hypothecation, installment mortgage, judgment lien, leasehold mortgage, living pledge, mortgage, mortgage bond, mortgage deed, mortuum vadium, participating mortgage, particular lien, pignus judiciale, pignus legale, second mortgage, security agreement, statutory lien, tax lien, third mortgage, trust mortgage, vadium mortuum, vadium vivum