Definitions for prison
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prison.
prison, prison housenoun
a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
prison, prison housenoun
a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement
A place of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes, or otherwise considered undesirable by the government.
The cold stone walls of the prison had stood for over a century.
Confinement in a prison.
Prison was a harrowing experience for him.
Any restrictive environment, such as a harsh academy or home.
The academy was a prison for many of its students because of its strict teachers.
Etymology: From prison, from prehensionem, accusative singular of prehensio, from prehendo
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A strong hold in which persons are confined; a gaol.
Etymology: prison, Fr.
He hath commission
To hang Cordelia in the prison. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
For those rebellious here their pris’n ordain’d. John Milton.
I thought our utmost good
Was in one word of freedom understood,
The fatal blessing came; from prison free,
I starve abroad, and lose the sight of Emily. Dryden.
Unkind! can you, whom only I adore,
Set open to your slave the prison door. Dryden.
The tyrant Æolus,
With pow’r imperial, curbs the struggling winds,
And sounding tempests in dark prisons binds. Dryden.
He, that has his chains knocked off, and the prison doors
set open to him, is presently at liberty. John Locke.
Etymology: from the noun.
Culling their potent herbs and baleful drugs,
They, as they sung, would take the prison’d soul,
And lap it in Elysium. John Milton.
Universal plodding prisons up
The nimble spirits in the arteries. William Shakespeare.
Then did the king enlarge
The spleen he prison’d. George Chapman, Iliads.
a place where persons are confined, or restrained of personal liberty; hence, a place or state o/ confinement, restraint, or safe custody
specifically, a building for the safe custody or confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful authority
to imprison; to shut up in, or as in, a prison; to confine; to restrain from liberty
to bind (together); to enchain
Etymology: [F., fr. L. prehensio, prensio, a seizing, arresting, fr. prehendre, prendere, to lay hold of, to seize. See Prehensile, and cf. Prize, n., Misprision.]
A prison, also known as gaol or jail, is a place in which people are physically confined and usually deprived of a range of personal freedoms. Imprisonment or incarceration is a legal penalty that may be imposed by the state for the commission of a crime. Other terms used are penitentiary, correctional facility, remand centre, detention centre, and gaol or jail. In some legal systems some of these terms have distinct meanings. A criminal suspect who has been charged with or is likely to be charged with criminal offense or Offence may be held on remand in prison if he or she is denied or unable to meet conditions of bail, or is unable or unwilling to post bail. A criminal defendant may also be held in prison while awaiting trial or a trial verdict. If found guilty, a defendant will be convicted and may receive a custodial sentence requiring imprisonment. As well as convicted or suspected criminals, prisons may be used for internment of those not charged with a crime. Prisons may also be used as a tool of political repression to detain political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, and "enemies of the state", particularly by authoritarian regimes. In times of war or conflict, prisoners of war may also be detained in prisons. A prison system is the organizational arrangement of the provision and operation of prisons.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
priz′n, n. a building for the confinement of criminals, &c.: a jail: any place of confinement.—v.t. to shut in prison, restrain.—n.pl. Pris′on-bars, whatever confines or restrains.—ns. Pris′oner, one arrested or confined in prison: a captive; Pris′oner's-, Pris′on-base, a game among boys, in which those who are caught in a certain way are confined as prisoners—a corr. of prison-bars; Pris′on-fē′ver, typhus-fever; Pris′on-house, place of confinement; Pris′onment (Shak.), confinement in a prison—usually imprisonment; Pris′on-ship; Pris′on-van, a closed conveyance for carrying prisoners.—State prisoner, one confined for a political offence in a state prison. [Fr.,—L. prensio, -onis, for prehensio, a seizing—prehendĕre, -hensum, to seize.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. A place where any lady may have a baby without fearing society. 2. An institution where even crooks go wrong. 3. The House of a Thousand Tears. 4. The last resort of the obscure to achieve fame. 5. A banker's mess-hall. 6. A place where men go to take the vow of chastity, poverty and obedience. 7. An example of a Socialist's Paradise, where equality prevails, everything is supplied, and competition is eliminated.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'prison' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1611
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'prison' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2483
Rank popularity for the word 'prison' in Nouns Frequency: #638
The numerical value of prison in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of prison in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.
I will always be grateful that I had support from my family and friends while I was in prison, they gave me a new appreciation for people. For years, I always felt that few people cared. But I was proven wrong. Whenever I felt down, they always raised me back up. But my message is, be careful. This could happen to you.
This pastor was in the United States after the coup and after Erdogan was rounding up people all across the country, does anybody really believe that he would have traveled back to a country that he felt like he could have been swept up into that? Samuel Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, talks to members of the media outside the prison complex Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed pastor Andrew Craig Brunson appeared on his trial at a court inside the complex (AP) Meanwhile, the year and a half of imprisonment has taken a personal toll on Brunson and his family.
We decided to go on strike to demand reparation. We do not understand why someone who killed a prison guard in cold blood can be released like this.
There wasn't a real investigation into what happened ; there needs to be an investigation held to find out what happened to Jenna Mitchell, they need to investigate what happened to my child and those involved need to go to prison.
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- tronk, gevangenisAfrikaans
- سجن, السجنArabic
- həbsxana, zindanAzerbaijani
- цямні́ца, астро́г, турма́Belarusian
- тъмни́ца, тюрма́, дранго́лник, занда́н, затво́рBulgarian
- བཙོན་ཁངTibetan Standard
- presóCatalan, Valencian
- vězení, žalář, vězněníCzech
- fængslet, fængselDanish
- Zuchthaus, Kerker, Haft, Gefangenschaft, GefängnisGerman
- κάθειρξη, φυλακή, φυλάκιση, δεσμωτήριοGreek
- cárcel, prisión, penitenciaríaSpanish
- vankeus, vankeusrangaistus, vankilaFinnish
- fongsul, fangahús, geglFaroese
- geôle, prison, cabaneFrench
- finzenisWestern Frisian
- cárcere, prisión, cadeaGalician
- जेल, क़ैदख़ाना, कारागार, बन्दीघरHindi
- prigione, carcereItalian
- 監獄, 刑務所Japanese
- საპატიმრო, ციხეGeorgian
- абақты, түрмеKazakh
- ពន្ធនាគារ, គុកKhmer
- گرتوخانه, زندان, بهندیخانهKurdish
- түрмө, абакKyrgyz
- PrisongLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- whare herehereMāori
- шорон, гяндан, хар гэрMongolian
- ထောင်, အကျဥ်းထောင်Burmese
- awáalyaNavajo, Navaho
- ахӕстонOssetian, Ossetic
- prisão, cadeia, xadrezPortuguese
- temniță, închisoare, pușcărieRomanian
- тюрьма́, тюря́га, темни́ца, остро́г, катала́жка, куту́зкаRussian
- zatvor, тамница, tamnica, затворSerbo-Croatian
- සිරගෙදරSinhala, Sinhalese
- žalár, väznica, väzenieSlovak
- ječa, zaporSlovene
- சிறைச்சாலை, சிறைTamil
- జైలు, కారాగారంTelugu
- hapis, hapishane, cezaeviTurkish
- в'язни́ця, тюрма́, остро́г, темни́цяUkrainian
- بندیگھر, جیل, قیدخانہ, کاراگارUrdu
- turma, qamoqxonaUzbek
- fanäböp, fanäbamVolapük
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