Definitions of detention

  1. a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home; "the detention of tardy pupils" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Confinement; restraint; custody. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The act of keeping back or withholding; confinement; restraint; delay. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Act of detaining; delay; confinement. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. See detain. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for detention

  1. No other could be obtained; but, after some detention a half- broken mule, named Independence, was procured, and the colonel mounted. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  2. At the next meeting of the Council, Menefie began to recount the grievances of the country, naming Harvey's detention of the Assembly's letter to the King as the principal one. – Virginia Under Charles I And Cromwell, 1625-1660 by Wilcomb E. Washburn