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:


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 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)

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 ( -)

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

-- Lawrence Taylor ( Athlete)

Jail is much easier on people who have nothing.

-- Bernhard Goetz (American -)

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

-- Brian Baird (American Politician)

In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.

-- Billie Holiday (American Musician)

I'm gonna perform on one of the nights. Good clean fun; we're not going to jail. For the record.

-- Luther Campbell (American Musician)

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)

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

-- Alfred Whitney Griswold (American Educator)

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)

My occupation now, I suppose, is jail inmate.

-- Theodore Kaczynski (American Criminal)

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 ( -)

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

-- Dashiell Hammett (American Author)

All of North Korea is a jail.

-- Kim Y. Sam ( -)

While I was in jail, they handcuffed me and took me to a backroom, where a detective from the FBI and a Secret Service agent were, and they interrogated me for about three or four hours.

-- Sherman Austin ( -)

The beauty, the poetry of the fear in their eyes. I didn't mind going to jail for, what, five, six hours? It was absolutely worth it.

-- Johnny Depp ( Actor)

If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!

-- Kurt Cobain (American Musician)

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 story follows the whole family. But pretty much all the characters who are in jail have written a book about it, so you've got their perspective of it, however skewed they want you to see it.

-- Marguerite Moreau (American Actress)

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

-- Carrie P. Meek (American Politician)

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

-- Sam Kinison (American Comedian)

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

-- Adlai E. Stevenson (American Politician)

I was in chemical jail.

-- James Taylor ( Musician)

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)

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)

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

-- John Leguizamo (Colombian Comedian)

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)

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

-- Howard Dean (American Politician)

If you seek violence, we will seek to put you in jail.

-- Edward Koch (American Politician)

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)

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)

I know a lot of reporters certainly will go to jail to defend confidential sources. Some have even gone to jail for an issue like this. But I can't say that's the norm.

-- Floyd Abrams (American Lawyer)


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