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:


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)

If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.

-- Charles Bukowski (American Author)

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 ( -)

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)

If a slave is unwilling to go with his new master, he is whipped, or locked up in jail, until he consents to go, and promises not to run away during the year.

-- Harriet Ann Jacobs (American Writer)

We're rapidly approaching a world comprised entirely of jail and shopping.

-- Doug Coupland (Canadian Author)

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)

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)

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

-- Sam Kinison (American Comedian)

It's such a tragedy that man endures in killing his brother and his own kind, putting him in jail and insane asylums, letting him lay out in the street.

-- Sun Ra ( Musician)

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)

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

-- Charles Bukowski (American Author)

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)

I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Leader)

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

-- Carrie P. Meek (American Politician)

It is crazy to have Judith Miller in jail.

-- Matthew Cooper (American Journalist)

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)

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

-- John Donne (British Poet)

The letters from jail are always disconcerting.

-- Eliza Dushku (American Actress)

I was in jail four and a half years. When I came out, I continued the same struggle against injustice, but instead of using weapons, I began to use art and cinema.

-- Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iranian Director)

I went to jail at 16 for stealing tires off Cadillacs. When I got out I said, Never again.

-- Barry White (American Musician)

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)

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

-- Adlai E. Stevenson (American Politician)

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)

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)

My occupation now, I suppose, is jail inmate.

-- Theodore Kaczynski (American Criminal)

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

-- Brian Baird (American Politician)

Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users.

-- Ralph Nader (American Lawyer)

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

-- Huey Newton (American Activist)

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)

Let me tell you something. Nobody goes to jail unless they want to. Unless they make themselves get caught. They don't have things organized.

-- Nicholas Pileggi ( -)

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)

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

-- Tommy Lee ( Musician)

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)


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