['prɪz(ə)n] or ['prɪzn]
(noun.) a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment.
(noun.) a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement.
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(n.) A place where persons are confined, or restrained of personal liberty; hence, a place or state o/ confinement, restraint, or safe custody.
(n.) Specifically, a building for the safe custody or confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful authority.
(v. t.) To imprison; to shut up in, or as in, a prison; to confine; to restrain from liberty.
(v. t.) To bind (together); to enchain.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
n. Jail, penitentiary, bridewell, workhouse, house of correction, DUNGEON.
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n. a building for the confinement of criminals &c.: a jail: any place of confinement.—v.t. to shut in prison restrain.—n.pl. Pris′on-bars whatever confines or restrains.—ns. Pris′oner one arrested or confined in prison: a captive; Pris′oner's- Pris′on-base a game among boys in which those who are caught in a certain way are confined as prisoners—a corr. of prison-bars; Pris′on-fē′ver typhus-fever; Pris′on-house place of confinement; Pris′onment (Shak.) confinement in a prison—usually imprisonment; Pris′on-ship; Pris′on-van a closed conveyance for carrying prisoners.—State prisoner one confined for a political offence in a state prison.
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To dream of a prison, is the forerunner of misfortune in every instance, if it encircles your friends, or yourself. To see any one dismissed from prison, denotes that you will finally overcome misfortune. See Jail.
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Unserious Contents or Definition
n. A place of punishments and rewards. The poet assures us that—
- The fair little face, touched with divine compassion, as it peeped shrinkingly through the grate, was like an angel's in the prison. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- By the time the officer arrived, Sam had made himself so extremely popular, that the congregated gentlemen determined to see him to prison in a body. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- He led them into a stone kitchen, fitted with coppers for dressing the prison food, and pointed to a door. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- Take care my gaoler hasn't got double duty to do--take care your room is not a prison too. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- The turnkeys in the prison lobby took off their hats as it passed through, and in another moment the heavy gate closed behind it. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- Formerly, they were turned towards the posting-house; now, they are turned towards the prison. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- They have her in prison and it seems they do not mistreat her much. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- Never in a debtors' prison? Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- After a momentary whirl in the outer court-yard, the prison-door opened, and shut upon them. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- The songs she sang, without lament, In her prison-house of pain, Forever are they sweetly blent With the falling summer rain. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- One is like a man in a prison cell watching the rain out of the window; it is all the same to him. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- We have known _their_ husbands and fathers laid in prison and kept from them, often enough? Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- The first of them told him so, with the customary prison sign of Death--a raised finger--and they all added in words, Long live the Republic! Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- In Marseilles that day there was a villainous prison. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- And but for his illness he would have been put in irons, for he was regarded as a determined prison-breaker, and I know not what else. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- That friend and fellow-Sheep, who spoke of himself as pasturing in the country prisons; who was he? Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- A plot in the prisons, of the foreigner against the Republic. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- Other people have been similarly buried in worse prisons, before now. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- You, with your practices of infamous foreign prisons and galleys would make it the money that impelled me. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- But let us balance against them in our minds what was going on in the prisons of the world generally at that time. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- The Sheep of the prisons turned from him to Sydney Carton, and said, with more decision, It has come to a point. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- I wish for your sake Mr. Barsad was not a Sheep of the Prisons. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- There were numerous clerical prisons in which offenders might pine all their lives. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- Their lists went forth every evening, and were read out by the gaolers of the various prisons to their prisoners. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- There is no force, there are no prisons, no officers to compel obedience or inflict punishment. Benjamin Franklin. Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin.
- It is a large key, but the keys of prisons are larger. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- This plan, you see, Sir, has been gradually introduced into all the prisons for debt,' said Mr. Trotter. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- Vulgar little minds see the land open and rush from the prisons of the arts into her temple. Plato. The Republic.
- And these prisons were filthy places under no effective control. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- The Commune set itself to hunt out every royalist that could be found, until the prisons of Paris were full. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
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