gaol
Jail Jail (j[=a]l), n. [OE. jaile, gail, gayhol, OF. gaole, gaiole, jaiole, F. ge[^o]le, LL. gabiola, dim. of gabia cage, for L. cavea cavity, cage. See {Cage}.] A kind of prison; a building for the confinement of persons held in lawful custody, especially for minor offenses or with reference to some future judicial proceeding. [Written also {gaol}.] [1913 Webster]

This jail I count the house of liberty. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Jail delivery}, the release of prisoners from jail, either legally or by violence.

{Jail delivery commission}. See under {Gaol}.

{Jail fever} (Med.), typhus fever, or a disease resembling it, generated in jails and other places crowded with people; -- called also {hospital fever}, and {ship fever}.

{Jail liberties}, or {Jail limits}, a space or district around a jail within which an imprisoned debtor was, on certain conditions, allowed to go at large. --Abbott.

{Jail lock}, a peculiar form of padlock; -- called also {Scandinavian lock}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Gaol — (j[=a]l), n. [See {Jail}.] A place of confinement, especially for minor offenses or provisional imprisonment; a jail. [Preferably, and in the United States usually, written {jail}.] [1913 Webster] {Commission of general gaol delivery}, an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • gaol — /gey(a)l/ A now obsolete term (of English origin) for a prison for temporary confinement; a jail; a place for the confinement of offenders against the law. As distinguished from prison, it is said to be a place for temporary or provisional… …   Black's law dictionary

  • gaol — /gey(a)l/ A now obsolete term (of English origin) for a prison for temporary confinement; a jail; a place for the confinement of offenders against the law. As distinguished from prison, it is said to be a place for temporary or provisional… …   Black's law dictionary

  • gaol — Brit. var. of JAIL . * * * gaol [gaol gaols gaoled gaoling] ; gaoler (BrE) = ↑jail, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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