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    Dad Was a Sight when We Found Him in Jail 155
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v jail 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"
    • n jail 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)
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The Jail-bird The Jail-bird

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1917, Margaret Sanger was jailed for one month for establishing the first birth control clinic
    • n Jail jāl 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. "This jail I count the house of liberty."
    • v. t Jail To imprison. "Bolts] that jail you from free life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Flirtation between the members of the opposite sex on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30-day jail term.
    • n jail A prison; a building or place for the confinement of persons arrested for crime or for debt; usually, in the United States, a place of confinement for minor offenses in a county.
    • jail To confine in or as if in a jail; imprison.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays may be jailed.
    • n Jail jāl a prison
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother's keeper will end up by being his jail-keeper.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Opiate. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “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.”
  • Will Rogers
    “There is no more independence in politics than there is in jail.”
  • Noam Chomsky
    “The people who were honored in the Bible were the false prophets. It was the ones we call the prophets who were jailed and driven into the desert, and so on.”
  • Horace Mann
    “Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. jaile, gail, gayhol, OF. gaole, gaiole, jaiole, F. geôle, LL. gabiola, dim. of gabia, cage, for L. cavea, cavity, cage. See Cage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. gaole (Fr. geôle)—Low L. gabiola, a cage, dim. of Low L. gabia, a cage, a corr. of cavea, a cage—L. cavus, hollow.


In literature:

I like not ze jail, me.
"The Copper Princess" by Kirk Munroe
On one of these streets Febrer had seen the Seminary, a long structure with white walls, and windows grilled like a jail.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The White Hart Hotel was not far distant from the jail.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
If they run across the ship we shall go to jail.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
He repeatedly prophesied jail and the gallows for the young scamp.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
Witness collected and brought them to the jail, tied up in a handkerchief.
"The Trial of Reuben Crandall, M.D. Charged with Publishing and Circulating Seditious and Incendiary Papers, &c. in the District of Columbia, with the Intent of Exciting Servile Insurrection." by Unknown
Do you want everybody to think you're takin' me to jail, or home to my poor wife, or somethin' like that?
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
When William Penn entered Christ Church College, Loe was probably in the town jail.
"William Penn" by George Hodges
The sheriff was also the custodian of the county jail and its prisoners.
"The Fairfax County Courthouse" by Ross D. Netherton
Forgetting his editorial, he watched her turn the corner of the Square and go up the broad, worn steps of the dingy old county jail.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
To cap it all, Sebastian got in jail.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Well, Jard Hardman is holding Jim in jail.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
I would go to jail in a minute to save you any further worry.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
I only hope we will arrive in jail or somewhere soon where I can get some sleep.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
Then he bent his mind to the consideration of jails, of which Samoa boasted two.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
I'm just enough of a joker to want to see whoever it was in jail.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
As now managed our jails are prolific schools of crime.
"The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences" by Hosea Quinby
And it was a near thing he didn't get sent to jail.
"The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna" by Gertrude W. Morrison
Dere was no jail for slaves on our place but not far from dere was a jail.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
Then he made the boy unlock the cell door and Jim slipped out, gagged the kid, and walked out of the jail.
"Mystery Ranch" by Arthur Chapman

In poetry:

Now soon they reached Newcastle jail,
And to the prisner thus they call:
"Sleips thou, wakes thou, Jock o the Side,
Or is thou wearied o thy thrall?"
"Jock O The Side" by Andrew Lang
She got 'Death Recorded' in Newry town,
For stealing her mistress' watch and gown;
Her little boy Paddy can tell you the tale,
Her father was turnkey at Newry jail.
"The Lass in the Female Factory" by Anonymous Oceania
To sell thy brother, Simeon! is not wise;
Thou knowest not what chance may yet prevail:
Joseph, when sold, to such a height shall rise,
That he shall order Simeon to a jail.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
She cannot be cast out (she is here for good)
Nor battled to the end. Who wins that war?
She cannot be forgotten, jailed, or killed.
Heaven must still be balanced against her.
"(From) The Invocation to Kali " by May Sarton
Why pile we stone on stone to raise
Jail, fane, or public hall—why plan
Fortress or tower for future days,
Yet leave unbuilt
To wrong or guilt
That nobler pile—the Mind of Man?
"Finality" by Charles Harpur
The slave whose ear feels yet the post and nail,
The serf in some Siberian hell, the oppressed
Of rack-rent, and the debtor in the jail,
All pray with hopeful faces yearning to the West.
"America" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

Three days after bailing out of the Brazos County Jail, a 51-year-old Bryan man was back behind bars after being accused of pepper-spraying a family.
On the other hand, Jacquetta Simmons let it get to her a little too much and she could spend seven years in jail because of it.
Wedding shots (guns not alcohol): Calls for jail time over Caucasus celebration in Moscow.
Russian nationalists want wedding shooters jailed.
Chai Trong-rong's jail sentence cut.
Australian investment banker who chained fake bomb to teenager sentenced to 13½ years in jail.
Ultimately, Andre Levesque, 42, was sentenced to nine months in Clinton County Jail for making a terrorist threat.
Russia: Chechen Rebel Jailed For Life.
Webb Simpson to man chirping in Union Jack outfit in US Open video: 'Enjoy the jail cell, pal'.
Michael Kain, 36, was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail on suspicion of owning a chop shop and possessing stolen property.
On Friday, Martin was being held in Trumbull County jail under $300,000 bond.
Support for jailed Russian rockers questioned.
SOMERVILLE — A 62-year-old man from Queens Village, N.Y. Was jailed yesterday, May 17, after he allegedly sold $45,000 in Viagra and Cialis pills to Prosecutor's Office detectives.
A 13-year Oil City boy is in the Venango County Jail this morning after being charged in the shooting death of his grandparents.
Clarendon woman sentenced to jail time, fine after pleading guilty in child's death.

In science:

For example interdiction could be viewed as redirection of the evader into a special absorbing state - a “jail node ”.
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
The included code runs in a “jailed ” environment with well-de fined resource limits.
WebTeach in practice: the entrance test to the Engineering faculty in Florence
He finds that with probability close to one, practically for sure, he will go to jail.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
Now the best approach to get out of this situation is to get in the 2-2 block, that way they both prisoner's get the same time in jail and get out faster, but this is where the no communication plays in.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
Each player would like to get the 1 year while keeping the other player in jail for 8 years but the outcome depends on what the other player does, again in this case the risks of trusting one player to stay quiet while the other tell them who did the murder could cause one to loose everything.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
Hemingway, 69, died of natural causes in a Miami jail after being arrested for indecent exposure. A book he wrote about his father, ”Papa: A Personal Memoir,” was published in 1976.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
He was booked into the women’s jail because he had a sex-change operation, Hall added.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Hemingway, 69, died of natural causes in a Miami jail after being arrested for indecent exposure.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
He was booked into the women’s jail because he had a sex-change operation, Hall added. A transvestite who later had a sex-change operation, he suffered bouts of drinking, depression and drifting, according to acquaintances.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Theodoric the Great, who suspected him of being a conspirator. In jail, Boethius wrote the Consolation of Philosophy, that became popular in the Middle Ages. This work is an imaginary dialogue between Boethius and the philosophy, being personified by a woman.
Reflection and refraction in Robert Grosseteste's De Lineis, Angulis et Figuris