from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law The act or process of distraining; distress.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The legal right of a landlord to seize the property of a tenant in the event of nonpayment of rent
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or proceeding of seizing personal property by distress.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, the act of distraining; a distress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
From distrain (on the model of such pairs as constrain, constraint).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)