• WordNet 3.6
    • n inmate a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
    • n inmate one of several resident of a dwelling (especially someone confined to a prison or hospital)
    • n inmate a patient who is residing in the hospital where he is being treated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: New Hampshire's license plates are stamped with the motto "Live Free Or Die." They are made by prison inmates.
    • a Inmate Admitted as a dweller; resident; internal. "Inmate guests."
    • n Inmate ĭn"māt` One who lives in the same house or apartment with another; a fellow lodger; "So spake the enemy of mankind, inclos'd
      In serpent, inmate bad."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Three chemicals are used to execute criminals by lethal injection. First, Sodium Thiopental is injected, causing the inmate to fall into a deep sleep. The second chemical agent, Pancuronium Bromide, a muscle relaxer, follows. This causes the inmate to stop breathing due to paralyses of the diaphragm and lungs. Finally, Potassium Chloride is injected, stopping the heart.
    • n inmate One who is a mate or associate in the occupancy of a place; hence, an indweller; an associated lodger or inhabitant: as, the inmates of a dwelling-house, factory, hospital, or prison.
    • inmate Dwelling in the same place; residing jointly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "last meal" for Death Row inmates has became embedded in the American death-penalty ritual. Reporters have dutifully recorded the last meal menus: John Wayne Gacy had fried chicken and strawberries; Ted Bundy passed on steak and eggs; James Smith, executed in Texas in 1990, requested a "lump of dirt" (request was denied); Missouri inmate Lloyd Schlup asked for venison and hare (request was granted).
    • n Inmate in′māt one who lodges in the same house with another: a lodger: one received into a hospital, &c
    • adj Inmate dwelling in the same place
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  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate.”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “Oxford is -- Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge. Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.”
  • Nicholas Hilliard
    Nicholas Hilliard
    “A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
In, + mate, an associate


In literature:

The harem always depends upon the consecrated and tactful sister to reach its inmates from without.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
The disappointment to the inmates of the Fort was almost unbearable.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
Captain Shirril, even in his anxiety for himself, could not forget the inmates of his home.
"The Great Cattle Trail" by Edward S. Ellis
Already the inmates are on the qui vive of expectation.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
She had experienced something like this feeling in the hospital, the first time she had been an inmate of it.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
And so I became a duly registered orphan, and an inmate of St. Peter's.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
I tried the effect of a few very gentle knocks, and these proved so ingratiating that the inmate at last showed himself.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
Sukey, the black servant, was its only inmate.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
In the Ohio penitentiary, out of 276 inmates, nearly all were reported as ignorant, and 175 as grossly so.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
All this was changed when the non-commissioned officers' room received a new inmate, the one-year volunteer Trautvetter.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein

In poetry:

"I am not lightly to be won;
A visit only now I make:
And much must by yourself be done,
Ere me you for an inmate take.
"Memory" by Charles Lamb
'When fortune rewarded my toil,
And my nets, deeply-laden, I drew,
I hurried me home with the spoil,
And its inmates rejoic'd at the view.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
Hope, radiant inmate of the soul,
Illumes the clouds of care;
And while each present joy they screen,
She rises on the distant scene,
And throws her lustre there.
"Written On New Year's Day" by Elizabeth Bath
Then fearlessly to the room door he did creep,
And tried to aronse the inmates, who were asleep;
And succeeded in getting his own family out into the street,
And to him the thought thereof was surely very sweet.
"Calamity in London" by William Topaz McGonagall
And hither throngs of birds resort;
Some, inmates lodged in shady nests,
Some, perched on stems of stately port
That nod to welcome transient guests;
While hare and leveret, seen at play,
'Appear' not more shut out than they.
"A Flower Garden At Coleorton Hall, Leicestershire." by William Wordsworth
Whatever changes the seasons bring,—
The birds, the buds of joyous spring,
The glories that come with the falling year
The snows and storms of winter drear,—
Are all unmarked in this lone spot,
Its shrouded inmates feel them not.
"Our Mountain Cemetery" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

A Wisconsin prison inmate is accused of plotting to extort $9 million from John Menard, owner of Menards home improvement stores.
Surgeons extricate hot-sauce bottle from state inmate.
The inmates have protested for more than a year against a policy of strip-searching them in search of weapons, drugs and cell phones.
Inmate sues over fingertip in dinner.
Health care for jail inmates.
A firing squad killed the death row inmate in Utah.
A Utah death row inmate is set to be put to death early Friday by firing squad .
Death-row inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner now says he wants to die by firing squad and if Utah doesn't let him do it, he'll sue.
Not 2 Be Missed Jailers fear floss as inmate weapon.
The lawsuit names as defendants Westchester County, Correction Commissioner Kevin Cherveko, the company contracted to handle inmates' health care and two dentists.
Inmates " flush it repeatedly until it just sucks it down," Hinson said.
Former Manson follower who ministered to inmates hopes 27th parole hearing will bring freedom.
Bledsoe County prison inmates working on vegetable garden.
She said military regulations authorize it for inmates only for safety and health reasons.
When a quartet of high-profile musicians went behind bars to teach inmates songwriting, they learned a few life lessons themselves, writes Scott Kara.