|n.||1.||(Law) A writ commanding the sheriff to distrain a person by his goods or chattels, to compel a compliance with something required of him.|
DISTRINGAS, remedies. A writ directed to the sheriff, commanding him to distrain one of his goods and chattels, to enforce his compliance of what is required of him, as for his appearance in a court on such a day, and the like. Com. Dig. Process, D 7; Chit. Pr. Index, h.t. Sellon's Pr. Index, h.t.; Tidd's Pr. Index, h.t. 11 East, 353. It is also a form of execution in the action of detinue, and assize of nuisance. Registrum Judiciale, 56; 1 Rawle, 44, 48; Bro. Abr. pl. 26; 22; H. VI. 41. This writ is likewise used to compel the appearance of a corporation aggregate. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4191.