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  • n. A writ commanding the sheriff to distrain a person by his goods or chattels, to compel a compliance with something required of him.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A writ commanding the sheriff to distrain a person by his goods or chattels, to compel a compliance with something required of him.

from The 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.
  • 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.

Etymologies

Latin, that you distrain, from distringere. See distrain. (Wiktionary)

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