from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention, especially persons convicted of crimes.
- n. A place or condition of confinement or forcible restraint.
- n. A state of imprisonment or captivity.
- transitive v. To confine in or as if in a prison; imprison.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A place of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes, or otherwise considered undesirable by the government.
- n. Confinement in a prison.
- n. Any restrictive environment, such as a harsh academy or home.
- v. to imprison
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place where persons are confined, or restrained of personal liberty; hence, a place or state o� confinement, restraint, or safe custody.
- n. Specifically, a building for the safe custody or confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful authority.
- transitive v. To imprison; to shut up in, or as in, a prison; to confine; to restrain from liberty.
- transitive v. To bind (together); to enchain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place of confinement or involuntary restraint; especially, a public building for the confinement or safe custody of criminals and others committed by process of law; a jail.
- n. A prisoner.
- n. A public prison or penitentiary.
- To shut up in a prison; restrain from liberty; imprison, literally or figuratively.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement
- n. a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
Middle English, from Old French, alteration (influenced by Old French pris, taken) of Latin prēnsiō, prēnsiōn-, a seizing, from *prehēnsiō, from prehēnsus, past participle of prehendere, to seize.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French prison, from Latin prehensionem, accusative singular of prehensio, from prehendō (Wiktionary)