Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    To take up or withhold another’s chattels as security for compensation for injury. See 29 Hun (N. Y.), 137.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To take as a pledge property of another, and keep the same until he performs his obligation or until the property is replevied by the sheriff. It was used to secure an appearance in court, payment of rent, performance of services, etc. 3 Bl. Comm. 231; Fitzh. Nat Brev. 32, B, C. 223. Boyd v. Howden, 3 Daly (N. Y.) 457; Byers v. Ferguson, 41 Or. 77, 68 Pac. 5. Distress is now generally resorted to for the purpose of enforcing the payment of rent, taxes, or other duties.