Definitions for: Jail


[n] 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)
[v] lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"



Webster (1913) Definition: Jail, 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.]

This jail I count the house of liberty. --Milton.

Jail bird, a prisoner; one who has been confined in prison.
[Slang]

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.


Jail, v. t.
To imprison. [R.] --T. Adams (1614).

[Bolts] that jail you from free life. --Tennyson.

Synonyms: clink, gaol, gaol, immure, imprison, incarcerate, jailhouse, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand, slammer

See Also: bastille, confine, correctional institution, detain, holding cell, hoosegow, hoosgow, house of correction, lockup, pokey, workhouse

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Famous Quotes Containing Jail:


With random urinalysis, there's a clear choice - either get high or go to jail.

-- Brian Baird (American Politician)

If - you know, it seems to me that if we see Matt Cooper being carted off to jail today, a lot of people may find that, you know, a very upsetting thing.

-- Michael Isikoff (American Journalist)

I'd rather deal with Tipper than Bush. He's trying to kill everybody in jail.

-- Dr. Dre (American Musician)

There's a pattern when tours start - a pattern of infighting, of making up, of breaking up, of addiction. There's a pattern of going to jail. There's a pattern of passion for music.

-- Nikki Sixx (American Musician)

My occupation now, I suppose, is jail inmate.

-- Theodore Kaczynski (American Criminal)

I don't want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school.

-- Adlai E. Stevenson (American Politician)

They would almost throw the cops in jail when they tried to arrest me.

-- Lawrence Taylor ( Athlete)

What I learned in jail is that I can't change. I can't live a different lifestyle-this is it. This is the life that they gave and this is the life that I made.

-- Tupac Shakur (American Musician)

All of North Korea is a jail.

-- Kim Y. Sam ( -)

When Jackie got his big contract at CBS and was putting together what turned out to be almost a stock company of players, he remembered Frank and said, 'Get me that kid who played the jail sketch.'

-- Audrey Meadows (American Actress)

We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.

-- Dave Barry (American Journalist)

It costs $30,000 to $50,000 per year to send someone to jail. You don't have to pay so much to send someone to school at Johns Hopkins.

-- John Money (New Zealander Psychologist)

Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail.

-- Don DeLillo (American Novelist)

I was kind of excited about going to jail the first time and I learnt some great dialogue.

-- Quentin Tarantino (American Director)

Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence.

-- Howard Dean (American Politician)

I dropped the script in the fireplace, called my agent and said, they can jail me, sue me, but I'm never acting again, unless I can do something worthwhile.

-- Piper Laurie (American Actress)

Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail.

-- John Donne (British Poet)

You see, you can't put joblessness in a jail cell.

-- Carrie P. Meek (American Politician)

What was really horrifying about jail is that it really isn't horrifying. You adjust very easily.

-- Roberta Victor ( -)

It is crazy to have Judith Miller in jail.

-- Matthew Cooper (American Journalist)

As far as Iraq, the important thing is that the Taliban is gone in Afghanistan, three-quarters of the al-Qaida leadership is either dead or in jail, and we now have Saudi Arabia working with us, Pakistan working with us.

-- Peter King ( -)

But when we have families, when we have children, this gives us a purpose for being, to protect our children, to avoid going to jail because if I'm in jail, who looks after my children, who's there for my wife?

-- Ernie Hudson (American Actor)

I'm sorry I didn't go to jail for six months, then I know you could come to see me anytime you wanted to.

-- Eddie Slovik (American Soldier)

I just spent 11 and a half months in a maximum-security jail, got shot five times, and was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn't commit.

-- Tupac Shakur (American Musician)

You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can't jail the Revolution.

-- Huey Newton (American Activist)

Forty years ago, we were on the tail of the Front Page era. There was a different point of view. Reporters and editors were more forgiving of public people. They didn't think they had to stick someone in jail to make a career.

-- Mike Royko (American Writer)

It's not that I don't want to become famous or that I'm obsessed by my work as an actress, but it's all about not limiting myself, such as putting myself in a little jail that I can escape from.

-- Sarah Polley (Canadian Actress)

Every single person in jail for a violent crime had a nightmare childhood.

-- Rob Reiner (American Director)

He thinks he can use the jail for networking to be somebody. In that way, he's always operating.

-- John Leguizamo (Colombian Comedian)

I was in chemical jail.

-- James Taylor ( Musician)

And it should be the law: If you use the word "paradigm" without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions.

-- David Jones ( -)

There's no happy ending to cocaine. You either die, you go to jail, or else you run out.

-- Sam Kinison (American Comedian)

The question at the end of the day was, the courts having found there was no defense, a producer about to go to jail, should CBS in effect tell the producer go to jail even though there is no law at all that we can use to get you out of jail?

-- Floyd Abrams (American Lawyer)

Men who are in prison for rape think it's the dumbest thing that ever happened... they were put in jail for something very little different from what most men do most of the time and call it sex. The only difference is they got caught. It may also be true.

-- Catharine MacKinnon (American Activist)


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