verb (used with object)
to constrain by seizing and holding goods, etc., in pledge for rent, damages, etc., or in order to obtain satisfaction of a claim.
to levy a distress upon.
verb (used without object)
Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English distreinen Related forms
< Anglo-French, Old French destreindre
< Latin distringere
to stretch out, equivalent to di- di-2
to draw tight; see strain1
distrainor, distrainer, noun