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Meaning of JAIL

Pronunciation:  jeyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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)
  2. [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"

JAIL is a 4 letter word that starts with J.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
          This jail I count the house of liberty.  --Milton.
    {Jail bird}, a prisoner; one who has been confined in prison.
    {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}.
  2. \Jail\, v. t.
    To imprison. [R.] --T. Adams (1614).
          [Bolts] that jail you from free life.    --Tennyson.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that your lover is in jail means that this lover is deceitful and untrustworthy. Dreaming that you are in jail means your feelings of confinement and suffocation. Dreaming that others are in jail means your unsettled feeling to grant privileges to an unworthy person. Dreaming that children are in jail means negligence and worry.
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