Prison
Prison Pris"on (?; 277), n. [F., fr. L. prehensio, prensio, a seizing, arresting, fr. prehendre, prendere, to lay hold of, to seize. See {Prehensile}, and cf. {Prize}, n., {Misprision}.] 1. A place where persons are confined, or restrained of personal liberty; hence, a place or state o? confinement, restraint, or safe custody. [1913 Webster]

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name. --Ps. cxlii. 7. [1913 Webster]

The tyrant [AE]olus, . . . With power imperial, curbs the struggling winds, And sounding tempests in dark prisons binds. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically, a building for the safe custody or confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful authority. [1913 Webster]

{Prison bars}, or {Prison base}. See {Base}, n., 24.

{Prison breach}. (Law) See Note under 3d {Escape}, n., 4.

{Prison house}, a prison. --Shak.

{Prison ship} (Naut.), a ship fitted up for the confinement of prisoners.

{Prison van}, a carriage in which prisoners are conveyed to and from prison. [1913 Webster]


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  • prison — [ prizɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIe; prisun, prisum « prise, capture » 1080; lat. pop. °prensio, onis, class. prehensio, onis, de prehendere I ♦ Lieu de détention. 1 ♦ Établissement clos aménagé pour recevoir des délinquants condamnés à une peine privative… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Prison — de la Santé 14e arrondissement, Paris Une prison, centre de détention ou pénitencier[note 1] est un lieu d emprisonnement ; par extension, le terme pri …   Wikipédia en Français

  • prison — Prison, De Prensus, syncopé de Prehensus vient de Prins, ou Pris. De Pris vient Prison, le lieu où lon met ceux qui sont Pris, et de Prison, Prisonnier, Carcer, Ergastulum, Custodia, Phylaca, Plaut. Prisons où sont liez les malfaicteurs, Vincula… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • prison — pris·on n: an institution usu. under state control for confinement of persons serving sentences for serious crimes compare house of correction, house of detention, jail, lockup …   Law dictionary

  • Prison — Разработчик Reaktor Дата выпуска 2007 Жанр 3D шутер, головоломка Платформы PC …   Википедия

  • prison — Prison. s. f. Lieu où l on enferme les criminels, les debiteurs, &c. par l ordre de la justice. Mettre en prison. tirer de prison. tenir en prison. sortir de prison. rompre les prisons. garder la prison. on luy a donné la ville pour prison. On… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Prison — Pris on, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prisoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prisoning}.] 1. To imprison; to shut up in, or as in, a prison; to confine; to restrain from liberty. [1913 Webster] The prisoned eagle dies for rage. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] His true …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prison — early 12c., from O.Fr. prisoun prison, imprisonment (11c.), altered (by influence of pris taken; see PRIZE (Cf. prize) (2)) from earlier preson, from L. prensionem (nom. prensio), shortening of prehensionem (nom. *prehensio) a taking, noun of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prison — [priz′ən] n. [OFr < L < prensio, for prehensio, a taking < prehendere, to take: see PREHENSILE] 1. a place where persons are confined 2. a) a building, usually with cells, where convicted criminals, esp. those serving longer sentences,… …   English World dictionary

  • Prison — (fr., spr. Prisong), Gefängniß, Einsperrung; daher Prisonnier (spr. Prisonjeh), ein Gefangener, bes. Kriegsgefangener …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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