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:


At Kansas City, Kansas, before the saloons were closed, they were getting ready to build an addition to the jail. Now the doors swing idly on the hinges and there is nobody to lock in the jails.

-- Billy Sunday (American Clergyman)

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)

When I was in jail, I was a lot of people's favorite person. I practically ran the jail. I had more freedom than the police.

-- Flavor Flav (American Musician)

It sounds kind of strange, but Jail time was almost a good experience for me.

-- Tommy Lee ( Musician)

All of North Korea is a jail.

-- Kim Y. Sam ( -)

It's awfully easy to be in love in jail.

-- Dashiell Hammett (American Author)

I don't have to talk about whether or not I got raped in jail.

-- Tupac Shakur (American Musician)

God doesn't go to jail for the pound of weed you got caught going over the Laredo with - even though he apparently has the knowledge, power, and care to prevent it - you go to jail. God passes go and the courts collect two hundred dollars.

-- Stephen Evans ( -)

I was going to go make a film in Greece. if they caught you with this much marijuana, they threw you in jail, no questions asked, and I was trying to stuff it in my deodorant bottles. I thought, what I am doing?

-- Dyan Cannon (American Actress)

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

-- Huey Newton (American Activist)

I'd like to do things to make money to save myself but right now I can't do nothing. If they want to put me in jail, they can do that. It's kind of tough.

-- Manute Bol ( Athlete)

I was in chemical jail.

-- James Taylor ( Musician)

To put someone in jail for using drugs in the privacy of his hotel room is just barbaric.

-- Danny Sugerman (American Musician)

Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.

-- Mike Epps (American Comedian)

Rotten travesty. Yeah. Send me to jail for contempt. Try that. Go ahead.

-- Jack Kevorkian (American Activist)

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

-- John Leguizamo (Colombian Comedian)

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

-- Carrie P. Meek (American Politician)

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)

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)

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)

It is crazy to have Judith Miller in jail.

-- Matthew Cooper (American Journalist)

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

-- Howard Dean (American Politician)

It would be like the films I've seen where wardens would decide to be in a jail cell for a week, to get a sense of what it would be like to be a prisoner.

-- Gregory Hines (American Actor)

The voice I have now, I got the first time I sang in a movement meeting, after I got out of jail... and I'd never heard it before in my life.

-- Bernice Johnson Reagon (American Musician)

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

-- Roberta Victor ( -)

It is unconscionable that 10,000 boys have died in Vietnam. If 10,000 American women had mind enough they could end the war, if they were committed to the task, even if it meant going to jail.

-- Jeanette Rankin (American Politician)

If you can manipulate news, a judge can manipulate the law. A smart lawyer can keep a killer out of jail, a smart accountant can keep a thief from paying taxes, a smart reporter could ruin your reputation- unfairly.

-- Mario Cuomo (American Politician)

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

-- H. L. Mencken (American Writer)

In jail I was just like everybody else, I was sitting there praying, feeling caged.

-- Dennis Rodman (American Athlete)

I used to help my granddaddy make sausage. He would mix it up in a cleaned-out washtub with his hands, no gloves. Man, if we did anything like that today, they would jack the jail up and throw us under it.

-- Jimmy Dean (American Actor)

So what really works? Treatments in jail do some good, but it's mostly too late: finding a family and a job or just growing older make most prisoners eventually give up crime.

-- Polly Toynbee (English Journalist)

The vice president had a bargaining asset, however, that no ordinary person has: He was next in line to the presidency. I saw no chance that he would resign first, then take his chances on trial, conviction, and jail.

-- Elliot Richardson (American Lawyer)

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)

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail.

-- Alfred Whitney Griswold (American Educator)


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