• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Distringas (Law) A writ commanding the sheriff to distrain a person by his goods or chattels, to compel a compliance with something required of him.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n distringas 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 distringas A process commanding the sheriff to bring in the bodies of jurors who did not appear, or to distrain their lands and goods.
    • n distringas A process in equity against a body corporate refusing to obey the summons and direction of the court.
    • n distringas 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Distringas dis-tring′gas an old writ directing a sheriff or other officer to distrain.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., that you distrain, fr. distringere,. See Distrain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Second pers. sing. pres. subj. of Late L. distringĕre, to distrain.


In literature:

A corporation, however, is proceeded against by distringas and not by attachment.
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