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Noun: jail  jeyl
  1. A correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
    - jailhouse, gaol [Brit], clink, slammer, poky, pokey, calaboose [Austral], prison
Verb: jail  jeyl
  1. (law) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
    "The suspects were jailed without trial";
    - imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jug [N. Amer], gaol [Brit], put away, remand, prison [archaic]

Derived forms: jails, jailing, jailed

Type of: confine, correctional institution, detain

Encyclopedia: Jail