from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The right to take and hold or sell the property of a debtor as security or payment for a debt or duty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tendon.
- n. A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty.
- v. Alternative form of lain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- p. p. of lie. See lain.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete or archaic past participle of lie.
- n. In law: The right of a person having possession of the property of another to retain it until some charge upon it or some demand due him is satisfied; the right to enforce a charge upon a specific thing by withholding possession from the owner until the charge is satisfied.
- n. Hence— A right of a creditor to have a debt or charge satisfied by legal proceedings out of specific property or its proceeds, irrespective of having possession.
- n. Hence A claim; occasion of demand; right to compensation.
- n. The spleen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
- n. the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged
French, tie, bond, from Old French, constraint, from Latin ligāmen, bond, from ligāre, to bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French lien, from Latin ligāmen ("a bond"), from ligō ("tie, bind"). (Wiktionary)