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Definitions of detention

  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. a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home; "the detention of tardy pupils" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Confinement; restraint; custody. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The act of keeping back or withholding; confinement; restraint; delay. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Act of detaining: state of being detained: confinement: delay. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Act of detaining; delay; confinement. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. The act of detaining, or the state of being detained; restraint; confinement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. The act of detaining; the state of being detained; confinement; delay. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Act of detaining; a keeping back; confinement or restraint; delay from necessity. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. See detain. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. de-ten'shun, n. act of detaining: state of being detained: confinement: delay.--n. DETENT', something to check motion: a catch, esp. in a clock or watch. [See DETAIN.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Detaining, being detained; arrest, confinement, (House of D., lock-up); compulsory delay; (at schools) keeping in as punishment. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. n. Act of keeping back; a withholding;—state of being detained; confinement; restraint; delay. Cabinet Dictionary
  16. The act of keeping what belongs to another; confinement, restraint. Complete Dictionary
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