Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.
) To distress; to take possession as security for nonpayment; as, to distrain goods for rent.
2. (v. t.) To press heavily upon; to bear down upon with violence; hence, to constrain or compel; to bind; to distress, torment, or afflict.
3. (v. t.) To rend; to tear.
4. (v. t.) To subject to distress; to coerce; as, to distrain a person by his goods and chattels.
5. (v. i.) To levy a distress.