Prison house
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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