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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Kawaja owes $ 66, 541 in unpaid income taxes and penalties, according to federal tax liens.
▪ Look, I can show you notices of tax liens, rejections of compromise offers.
▪ Carmine had Ferrie doing research on tax liens.
▪ Instead, county governments auction off tax lien certificates that investors purchase for the amount of the delinquent taxes and penalties.
▪ A blanket lien is the least complex arrangement and is comparable to pledging accounts receivable.
▪ A confident style in which echoes from the past meet strong modern liens.
▪ Inventory Financing Inventory financing is commonly arranged through blanket liens, trust receipts, or field-warehousing arrangement5.
▪ Kawaja owes $ 66, 541 in unpaid income taxes and penalties, according to federal tax liens.
▪ The glum history of the heath lien gives reason to fear that these related forms may follow it into oblivion.
▪ The owner can still sell the goods even though they are in possession of the repairer who is exercising his lien.
▪ The trial judge instructed the jury to ignore the concept of a lien.
▪ Where delivery is made in instalments, the extent of the unpaid seller's lien depends upon whether the contract is severable.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Floating charge \Floating charge\, lien \lien\, etc. (Law) 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 lien existed.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"right to hold property of another until debt is paid," 1530s, from Middle French lien "a band or tie," from Latin ligamen "bond," from ligare "to bind, tie" (see ligament).


n. 1 (context obsolete English) A tendon. 2 (context legal English) A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty. vb. (context Bible archaic English) (alternative form of lain English)

  1. n. the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged

  2. a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses [syn: spleen]


A lien ( or ) is a form of security interest granted over an item of property to secure the payment of a debt or performance of some other obligation. The owner of the property, who grants the lien, is referred to as the lienee and the person who has the benefit of the lien is referred to as the lienor or lien holder.

The etymological root is Anglo-French lien, loyen "bond", "restraint", from Latin ligamen, from ligare "to bind".

In the United States, the term lien generally refers to a wide range of encumbrances and would include other forms of mortgage or charge. In the USA, a lien characteristically refers to non-possessory security interests (see generally: Security interest—categories).

In other common-law countries, the term lien refers to a very specific type of security interest, being a passive right to retain (but not sell) property until the debt or other obligation is discharged. In contrast to the usage of the term in the USA, in other countries it refers to a purely possessory form of security interest; indeed, when possession of the property is lost, the lien is released. However, common-law countries also recognize a slightly anomalous form of security interest called an "equitable lien" which arises in certain rare instances.

Despite their differences in terminology and application, there are a number of similarities between liens in the USA and elsewhere in the common-law world.

Lien (disambiguation)

Lien is any sort of charge or encumbrance against an item of property that secures the payment of a debt.

Lien may also refer to:

  • Maritime lien, maritime law term
  • Mechanics lien, hold on real property for the benefit of someone whose work or property improves the property
  • Tax lien, lien imposed on property by law to secure payment of taxes
  • Le lien, the only novel by Vanessa Duriès
  • Spleen or , an organ of the body

Usage examples of "lien".

Both these jobs, the mast and the se acock demanded that the boat be taken to a yard, but if I did that I risked some lawyer slapping a lien on her.

Je ne sais quel lien de parente unit le grand saint Adjutor et la belle Diana.

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.

In those garrulous, vivacious, whimsical, and sometimes serious papers, Lien Chi Altangi, writing to Fum Hoam in Pekin, does not so much describe the aspects of European civilisation which would naturally surprise a Chinese, as he expresses the dissatisfaction of a European with certain phases of the civilisation visible everywhere around him.

I was somewhat anxious about the loan, so, before its maturity, I took the note and filed it with the prothonotary at Erie, Pennsylvania, and he entered judgment, which became a lien on her property.

When Lien climbed the vertical access tunnel to the fin cockpit, Zhou was stationed as surfaced deck officer.

One of these threads involves the unconsummated love between Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien, both of whom have rejected their personal desires in order to follow the path of duty and honor.

On peril of my soul, I shall not lien, As me was taught to helpe with your eyen, Was nothing better for to make you see, Than struggle with a man upon a tree: God wot, I did it in full good intent.

De Guignes lingered yet a moment in the clearing and spoke to Lien: inaudible at the distance, but a question by his manner.

Lien was traveling with a Frenchman, by the description surely Ambassador De Guignes, and from what Gherni said, she had already mastered the language, from her ability to converse with De Guignes.

In 1990, lawmakers got the money by raising documentary stamp taxes on liens and stocks.

These bills look at them, these lawsuits and these lawyers and these phone calls nobody answers and nobody returns, my car gets stolen and this salary lien and now this idiotic this, this glory of Shiloh departed forever healing the wounds of past generations?

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 right to these remedies extends not only to pledgees, lessees, and those having a lien, who exclude their bailor, but to simple bailees, as they have been called, who have no interest in the chattels, no right of detention as against the owner, and neither give nor receive a reward.

Two years ago she signed on as a cook with Qin Shang Maritime and has since crewed on a container ship called the Sung Lien Star.