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  1. a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. To imprison. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. A place where persons are confined, or restrained of personal liberty; hence, a place or state o/ confinement, restraint, or safe custody. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. Specifically, a building for the safe custody or confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful authority. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. To imprison; to shut up in, or as in, a prison; to confine; to restrain from liberty. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To bind (together); to enchain. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Penal institutions, or places of confinement for war prisoners. Medical Dictionary DB
  9. A public building for the confinement of criminals, etc.; jail; any place of confinement. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. A building for the confinement of criminals, etc.: a jail: any place of confinement. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A jail; place of confinement. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A place of confinement; jail. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A public building for the confinement of criminals; any place of confinement. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. To shut up in a prison; to confine; to enchain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. A building for the punishment or safe custody of criminals; a place for the confinement of accused persons or debtors; any place of confinement or restraint; sometimes in Scrip., spiritual bondage. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. way Co., So Mo. 5SS; Railroad Co. v. Bell, 112 Pa. 400, 4 Atl. 50; Lewis v. Seifert, 110 Pa. ('.28, 11 Atl. 514, 2 Am. St. Rep. 031; Minneapolis v. Lund in, 58 Fed. 525, 7 C. C. A. 344; I.indvall v. Woods (C. C.) 44 Fed. 855; Perras v. Rootli, 82 Minn. 101, S4 N. W. 730; Van Onsen v. Letellier, 73 Mich. 402. 44 N. W. 572; I thelawdictionary.org
  17. [For imprisonment as a punishment, see PUNISHMENTS] It is plain that in Egypt special places were used as prisons, and that they were under the custody of a military officer. ( Genesis 40:3 ; 42:17 ) During the wandering in the desert we read on two occasions of confinement "in ward" -- ( Leviticus 24:12 ; Numbers 15:34 ) but as imprisonment was not directed by the law, so we hear of none till the time of the kings, when the prison appears as an appendage to the palace, or a special part of it. ( 1 Kings 22:27 ) Private houses were sometimes used as places of confinement. By the Romans the tower of Antoni, was used as a prison at Jerusalem, ( Acts 23:10 ) and at Caesarea the praetorium of Herod. The royal prisons In those days were doubtless managed after the Roman fashion, and chains, fetters and stocks were used as means of confinement. See ( Acts 16:24 ) One of the readiest places for confinement was a dry or partially-dry wall or pit. ( Jeremiah 35:6-11 ) biblestudytools.com
  18. The first occasion on which we read of a prison is in the history of Joseph in Egypt. Then Potiphar, "Joseph's master, took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound" ( Genesis 39:20-23 ). The Heb. word here used (sohar) means properly a round tower or fortress. It seems to have been a part of Potiphar's house, a place in which state prisoners were kept. The Mosaic law made no provision for imprisonment as a punishment. In the wilderness two persons were "put in ward" ( Leviticus 24:12 ; Numbers 15:34 ), but it was only till the mind of God concerning them should be ascertained. Prisons and prisoners are mentioned in the book of ( Psalms 69:33 ; 79:11 ; 142:7 ). Samson was confined in a Philistine prison ( Judges 16:21 Judges 16:25 ). In the subsequent history of Israel frequent references are made to prisons ( 1 Kings 22:27 ; 2 Kings 17:4 ; 1 Kings 25:27 1 Kings 25:29 ; 2 Chr 16:10 ; Isaiah 42:7 ; Jeremiah 32:2 ). Prisons seem to have been common in New Testament times ( Matthew 11:2 ; Matthew 25:36 Matthew 25:43 ). The apostles were put into the "common prison" at the instance of the Jewish council ( Acts 5:18 Acts 5:23 ; 8:3 ); and at Philippi Paul and Silas were thrust into the "inner prison" ( 16:24 ; comp 4:3 ; Acts 12:4 Acts 12:5 ). biblestudytools.com
  19. priz'n, n. a building for the confinement of criminals, &c.: a jail: any place of confinement.--v.t. to shut in prison, restrain.--n.pl. PRIS'ON-BARS, whatever confines or restrains.--ns. PRIS'ONER, one arrested or confined in prison: a captive; PRIS'ONER'S-, PRIS'ON-BASE, a game among boys, in which those who are caught in a certain way are confined as prisoners--a corr. of prison-bars; PRIS'ON-F[=E]'VER, typhus-fever; PRIS'ON-HOUSE, place of confinement; PRIS'ONMENT (Shak.), confinement in a prison--usually imprisonment; PRIS'ON-SHIP; PRIS'ON-VAN, a closed conveyance for carrying prisoners.--STATE PRISONER, one confined for a political offence in a state prison. [Fr.,--L. prensio, -onis, for prehensio, a seizing--prehend[)e]re, -hensum, to seize.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Place in which person is kept in captivity, esp. building to which person is legally committed while a waiting trial or for punishment; custody, confinement, as lie, put (person), in p.; p.-bird, = GAOL-bird; p.-breaking, breaking out of lawfully confined person from p., so -breaker; p. editor, editor of newspaper who takes legal responsibility for its contents& serves terms of imprisonment entailed by conviction; p.-house (usu. rhet.), p.; (v.t., poet., rhet.) imprison. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. n. [French, Latin] A building for the confinement or safe custody of debtors and criminals ; -specifically, a building for the safe custody of criminals or those accused of crime ; a jail ; any place of confinement or restraint ;-in Scripture, spiritual bondage ;-a state of affliction. Cabinet Dictionary

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