from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of detaining.
- n. The state or a period of being detained, especially:
- n. A period of temporary custody while awaiting trial.
- n. A period of confinement to a detention home.
- n. A form of punishment by which a student is made to stay after regular school hours.
- n. A forced or punitive delay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of detaining or the state of being detained.
- n. A temporary state of custody or confinement, especially of a prisoner awaiting trial, or of a student being punished.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding.
- n. The state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity.
- n. Confinement; restraint; custody.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding or keeping of what belongs to or is claimed by another.
- n. The state of being detained or held back; restraint; confinement.
- n. Forced stoppage; hindrance; delay from necessity or on account of obstacles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
- n. a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home
Middle English detencioun, act of withholding, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin dētentiō, dētentiōn-, from dētentus, past participle of dētinēre, to detain; see detain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)