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Pind, v. Also: pinde, pynd; pin; peynd. [North. ME. and e.m.E. pynd(e, midl. and south. ME. punden (Ancr. R.), puinden, to shut up, to impound, OE. (ȝe)pyndan to shut up, enclose, f. OE. *pund n. Pound n.2 Cf. also Poind v. and Pund v.Also in the mod. Sc. and north. and midl. Eng. dialects in the forms pĭn(d), (north. Sc.) peen, pein, and (EDD.) pynde /paind/. The prevalence of -ind over -ynd spellings, the rhyme, and the conjectured derivation of Poind v., all suggest that the pind form was the commonest, or perhaps the sole, form in Older Sc. as in Mod. Sc.]

1. tr. To impound. = Poind v. 1.(a) c1450-2 Howlat 783 (A) (see Pundfald n.).
Pyndit [B. poyndit]
1459 Peebles B. Rec. I. 131.
Has he [sc. the officer] that pyndyt the gud lauchfully apon the Wenlaw as common statut was ordanit
1480 Acta Conc. I. 60/2.
That the said horse was riddin efter he was pyndit
1503 Lanark B. Rec. 13.
For an instrument quhen the men of Ranstruder pyndit the nolt, iiij d.
a1538 Abell 55 a.
Maiot pyndit the wolgeis at eit hir fadiris corn
15.. Lichtoun Dreme 66 (M) (see Pundlar n.).
Pynd [: fynd]
1587 Reg. Privy C. IV. 162.
Like as the personis foirsaidis … pyndis thair bestiall and guidis by all ordour of law
(b) 1508 Crim. Trials I. i. 58.
1526 Carnwath Baron Ct. (S.H.S.) 54.
The gud to be pindit in ane lawfull punfalld
1581 Lanark B. Rec. 81. 1653 Peebles B. Rec. II. 14.
The goodes of Milntoun … to be pindit if the samyn be found pasturand upon Caidmure
1679 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 354 (1 Nov.).
For breaking James McTurks pindfold … and taking out his mothers nolt efter they wer laufullie pindet
(c) 1687 Corshill Baron Ct. 175.
The persone in whose skaith the said beast is found hes heireby libertie to pin the same

2. To distrain. = Poind v. 2.(1) 1437 Reg. Dunferm. 285.
Alsua nan sell pind vthir vnlauchfully
1661 Aberd. Council Lett. IV. 179.
The summonds bearing that they sall be pinded [etc.]
(2) 1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 259/1.
And give neid be to pinde and distrenȝe tharefor
1527 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 249.(3) 1683 Elgin Rec. I. 331.
And iff neid beis … to peynd and disrenȝie ther goods and geir

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