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Definitions of custody

  1. a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child; "my fate is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's hands"; "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded custody of the children" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. holding by the police; "the suspect is in custody" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A keeping or guarding; care, watch, inspection, for keeping, preservation, or security. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. Judicial or penal safe-keeping. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. State of being guarded and watched to prevent escape; restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Guardianship; care; restraint of liberty; imprisonment. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A watching or guarding: care: security: imprisonment. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A watching; guarding; care; imprisonment. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A keeping; guardianship; restraint; imprisonment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Guardianship; security. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A guarding; a keeping; care or watch over for security or preservation; imprisonment. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. kus'to-di, n. a watching or guarding: care: security: imprisonment.--adj. CUST[=O]'DIAL.--ns. CUST[=O]'DIAN, CUS'TODE, CUST[=O]'DIER, CUS'TOS, one who has care, esp. of some public building. [L. custodia, from custos, custodis, a keeper.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Guardianship, care, (parent has c. of child, child is in the c. of father); imprisonment, esp. take into c., arrest. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. n. A keeping or guarding; especially, judicial or penal safekeeping;—restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment. Cabinet Dictionary
  16. Imprisonment, restraint of liberty; care, preservation, security. Complete Dictionary

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