Definitions for: Prison

[n] a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
[n] a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement

Webster (1913) Definition: Pris"on (?; 277), n. [F., fr. L. prehensio, prensio, a
seizing, arresting, fr. prehendre, prendere, to lay hold of,
to seize. See Prehensile, and cf. Prize, n.,
1. A place where persons are confined, or restrained of
personal liberty; hence, a place or state o? confinement,
restraint, or safe custody.

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy
name. --Ps. cxlii.

The tyrant [AE]olus, . . . With power imperial,
curbs the struggling winds, And sounding tempests in
dark prisons binds. --Dryden.

2. Specifically, a building for the safe custody or
confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful

Prison bars, or Prison base. See Base, n., 24.

Prison breach. (Law) See Note under 3d Escape, n., 4.

Prison house, a prison. --Shak.

Prison ship (Naut.), a ship fitted up for the confinement
of prisoners.

Prison van, a carriage in which prisoners are conveyed to
and from prison.

Pris"on, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prisoned; p. pr. & vb.
n. Prisoning.]
1. To imprison; to shut up in, or as in, a prison; to
confine; to restrain from liberty.

The prisoned eagle dies for rage. --Sir W.

His true respect will prison false desire. --Shak.

2. To bind (together); to enchain. [Obs.]

Sir William Crispyn with the duke was led Together
prisoned. --Robert of

Synonyms: prison house, prison house

See Also: camp, cellblock, chokey, choky, college, correctional institution, situation, state of affairs, state prison, ward

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