Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law: A process, now little used, directing the sheriff to distrain or make distress—that is, to seize and withhold the goods of the person sought to be coerced. It was used to compel a defendant to appear; also, after judgment for plaintiff in an action of detinue, to compel the defendant, by repeated distresses of his goods, to give np the chattel detained.
- n. A process commanding the sheriff to bring in the bodies of jurors who did not appear, or to distrain their lands and goods.
- n. A process in equity against a body corporate refusing to obey the summons and direction of the court.
- n. An order of chancery, in favor of a party claiming to be interested in any stock in the Bank of England, by which a notice is served on the bank directing its officers not to permit its transfer, or not to pay any dividend on it.
- n. law A writ commanding the sheriff to distrain a person by his goods or chattels, to compel a compliance with something required of him.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) A writ commanding the sheriff to distrain a person by his goods or chattels, to compel a compliance with something required of him.
- Latin, that you distrain, from distringere. See distrain. (Wiktionary)
“For serving a writ of distringas on a judgment or decree for personal property, if the specific thing be taken, three dollars.”
“On the said account for writs of ejectment and distringas ..”
“RewonaWr Though upon a distringas against the defendant, dnires* luffi tJie sheriff must return issues, (if any there be,) and a reasonable distress is sufficient.”
“I see an axe and a coffee-mill there, constable: levy onto 'em with your _distringas.”
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