Prison

Definition of Prison

Pris´on
n.1.A place where persons are confined, or restrained of personal liberty; hence, a place or state o confinement, restraint, or safe custody.
Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name.
- Ps. cxlii. 7.
The tyrant Æolus, . . .
With power imperial, curbs the struggling winds,
And sounding tempests in dark prisons binds.
- Dryden.
2.Specifically, a building for the safe custody or confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful authority.
Prison bars
See Base, n., 24.
Prison breach
(Law) See Note under 3d Escape, n., 4.
Prison house
a prison.
Prison ship
(Naut.) a ship fitted up for the confinement of prisoners.
- Shak.
Prison van
a carriage in which prisoners are conveyed to and from prison.
v. t.1.To imprison; to shut up in, or as in, a prison; to confine; to restrain from liberty.
[imp. & p. p. Prisoned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prisoning.]
The prisoned eagle dies for rage.
- Sir W. Scott.
His true respect will prison false desire.
- Shak.
2.To bind (together); to enchain.
Sir William Crispyn with the duke was led
Together prisoned.
- Robert of Brunne.

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