from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person held in custody, captivity, or a condition of forcible restraint, especially while on trial or serving a prison sentence.
- n. One deprived of freedom of expression or action: "He was a prisoner of his own personality—of that given set of traits that . . . predisposed him to see the world in a certain way, to make certain moves, certain choices” ( William H. Hallahan).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person incarcerated in a prison, while on trial or serving a sentence.
- n. Any person held against his or her will.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is confined in a prison.
- n. A person under arrest, or in custody, whether in prison or not; a person held in involuntary restraint; a captive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who keeps a prison; a jailer.
- n. One who is confined in a prison by legal arrest or warrant.
- n. A person under arrest or in custody of the law, whether in prison or not: as, a prisoner at the bar of a court.
- n. A captive; one taken by an enemy in war.
- n. One who or that which is deprived of liberty or kept in restraint.
- n. In mech., a piece of metal used to connect two adjacent parts of the rim of a fly-wheel. The prisoner is usually put in place in recesses in the rim while hot, so that its contraction during cooling will draw the two parts of the rim together very tightly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
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