Definition of lien:
- A charge, lien, etc., that successively attaches to such assets as a person may have from time to time, leaving him more or less free to dispose of or encumber them as if no such charge or existed.
- A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty; a right in one to control or hold and retain the property of another until some claim of the former is paid or satisfied.
- of Lie, v. i.
- of Lie. See Lain.
- credit (part of speech: noun)
- guarantee (part of speech: noun)
Furthermore, the dean had promised to keep him till he obtained his secularization from Rome, and with it freedom to return to Venice, for as soon as he ceased to be a monk the Tribunal would have no lien upon him.- "The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons", Jacques Casanova de Seingalt.
- "The Souls of Black Folk", W. E. B. Du Bois.
It was a legal undertaking by the man to maintain the woman and future family in consideration of her surrender of herself to his exclusive disposal- that is to say, on condition of obtaining a lien on his property, she became a part of it.- "Equality", Edward Bellamy.