Definition of Jail

1. Noun. A correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence).

Exact synonyms: Clink, Gaol, Jailhouse, Pokey, Poky, Slammer
Specialized synonyms: Bastille, Holding Cell, Hoosegow, Hoosgow, House Of Correction, Lockup, Workhouse
Generic synonyms: Correctional Institution
Derivative terms: Gaol



2. Verb. Lock up or confine, in or as in a jail. "They want to jail the prisoners "; "The murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"
Exact synonyms: Gaol, Immure, Imprison, Incarcerate, Jug, Lag, Put Away, Put Behind Bars, Remand
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Confine, Detain
Derivative terms: Gaol, Gaoler, Immurement, Imprisonment, Imprisonment, Incarceration, Jailer, Jailor, Remand

Definition of Jail

1. n. A kind of prison; a building for the confinement of persons held in lawful custody, especially for minor offenses or with reference to some future judicial proceeding.

2. v. t. To imprison.

Definition of Jail

1. Noun. A place for the confinement of persons held in lawful custody or detention, especially for minor offenses or with reference to some future judicial proceeding. ¹

2. Noun. Confinement in a jail. ¹

3. Noun. (slang) school ¹

4. Noun. (context: horse racing) The condition created by the requirement that a horse claimed in a claiming race not be run at another track for some period of time (usually 30 days). ¹

5. Verb. To imprison. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Jail

1. to put in jail (a place of confinement) [v -ED, -ING, -S] : JAILABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Jail

1. A kind of prison; a building for the confinement of persons held in lawful custody, especially for minor offenses or with reference to some future judicial proceeding. Alternative forms: gaol] "This jail I count the house of liberty." (Milton) Jail bird, a prisoner; one who has been confined in prison. Jail delivery, the release of prisoners from jail, either legally or by violence. Jail delivery commission. See Gaol. Jail fever, typhus fever, or a disease resembling it, generated in jails and other places crowded with people; called also hospital fever, and ship fever. Jail liberties, or Jail limits, a space or district around a jail within which an imprisoned debtor was, on certain conditions, allowed to go at large. Jail lock, a peculiar form of padlock; called also Scandinavian lock. Origin: OE. Jaile, gail, gayhol, OF. Gaole, gaiole, jaiole, F. Geole, LL. Gabiola, dim. Of gabia cage, for L. Cavea cavity, cage. See Cage. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Jail

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jail (current term)
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