Jail delivery
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • jail delivery — n. 1. Eng. Law Historical the clearing of a jail by bringing the prisoners to trial, as at the assizes 2. a liberation of prisoners from jail by force …   English World dictionary

  • jail delivery — noun the use of force to liberate prisoners • Hypernyms: ↑liberation, ↑release, ↑freeing * * * noun 1. : the clearing of a jail by bringing the prisoners to trial or by having the legality of their commitments reviewed 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • jail delivery — 1. a liberation of persons from prison, esp. by force. 2. the act of clearing a jail of prisoners by bringing them to trial, as at the assizes in England. [1425 75; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • jail delivery — The clearing out or ridding a jail of the persons committed there to await their trials, by disposing of their cases. See 4 Bl Comm 270 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • jail delivery — See gaol …   Black's law dictionary

  • jail delivery — See gaol …   Black's law dictionary

  • jail-delivery — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jail delivery commission — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jail delivery judges — See judges of gaol delivery …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Commission of Jail Delivery — One of the commissions formerly issued to judges of assize and judges of the Central Criminal Court in England to try all prisoners • • • Main Entry: ↑jail …   Useful english dictionary

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