• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Detainer (Law) A writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to keep a person in custody.
    • Detainer One who detains.
    • Detainer (Law) The keeping possession of what belongs to another; detention of what is another's, even though the original taking may have been lawful. Forcible detainer is indictable at common law.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In New Jersey it is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.
    • n detainer One who withholds; one who detains, stops, or prevents from proceeding.
    • n detainer In law: A holding or keeping possession of what belongs to another; detention of what is another's, though the original taking may be lawful. It usually implies wrongfulness.
    • n detainer In law, the fact of being detained or held in custody: as, a writ of habeas corpus may issue to inquire into the detainer of a prisoner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Detainer one who detains:
    • ns Detainer (law) the holding of what belongs to another: a warrant to a sheriff to keep in custody a person already in confinement: Detain′ment (same as Detention)
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  • Walter Savage Landor
    “My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. detenir—L. detinērede, from, and tenēre, to hold.


In literature:

Did she think to prevent the loss of the flagship of the Federal fleet by detaining him?
"A Little Traitor to the South" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
As it was really very nearly due, I had not the heart to detain her.
"The Millionaire Baby" by Anna Katharine Green
As luck or ill-luck would have it, I had an accident which detained me some four weeks in Teheran.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Tell any of the people who are at the house not to touch anything and to detain every one there.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
And now I need detain you little longer.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
At Crete the ship was detained for some repairs, so he took the opportunity to visit Rhodes in a coasting vessel.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
What can be detaining him?
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
He offered a variety of reasons to detain me.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
In vain I protested against being detained, and made signs that we were determined to go, whether he wished it or not.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Detain him within the house, if you will, until the morrow; in the meantime, I will consider over my line of conduct.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth

In poetry:

"My husband is absent. As heretofore
The City detains him. But, in truth,
He has not been kind…. I will speak no blame,
But—the child is lame;
O, I pray she may reach his ruth!
"Her Death And After" by Thomas Hardy
"Good night, sir," I replied,
And did his hand detain;
"Good night, but, Oh, my friend,
When shall we meet again?"
And then I felt a tear would stray,
And so I turned and came away.
"A Scene In The Same Prison, On The Night Of The 16th Of May, 1820." by Samuel Bamford
In the Lover's eyes there gleamed
Radiance of all things dreamed--
"Nay, detain me not," he cried
"I am hasting to my bride;
What have roads to do with me,
Love's at home in Arcady!"
"To Arcady" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Curse the sad fortune that detains thy fair;
Praise the soft hours that gave thee to her arms;
Paint thy proud scorn of every vulgar care,
When hope exalts thee, or when doubt alarms.
"Elegy I. He Arrives at His Retirement in the Country" by William Shenstone
His nature, in his sins, the wretch detains,
His consciousness of guilt, his feet restrains,
His crimes cry out, that he's his Saviour's foe,
And must be damn'd — if he presumes to go.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Attend with care to what I sing:
Know time is ever on the wing;
None can its flight detain;
Then, like a pilgrim passing by,
Take home this hint, as time does fly,
"All earthly things are vain."
"Verses Sent To A Lady On Her Birthday" by Patrick Branwell Bronte

In news:

A man prosecutors characterized as a longtime Taliban sympathizer was ordered detained Friday on charges that he possessed a rifle despite a past felony conviction for drug-dealing.
The fact that Tamils are still in custody almost two years after the Sun Sea's arrival shows that the IRB is willing to detain people as long as it feels it is warranted.
The couple were detained in Iran on espionage charges.
Sinton police detain Odem student on suspicion of assault of a public servant, terroristic threats.
The House on Friday quickly approved anti-terrorist legislation pushed by the Senate and White House to increase the government's power to spy on, detain and punish suspected terrorists.
Police detain suspect accused of ramming officer's car.
A Togolese opposition leader is calling on women to go on a weeklong sex strike to demand the freedom of protesters detained ahead of elections in the West African nation.
An American citizen says he was detained in the UAE at the request of the US, and was tortured .
A new AP report says that an American Muslim said that he was detained by the US government last summer in the United Arab Emirates, and tortured .
Police Detain 12-Year-Old for Trying On Nail Polish.
View full size Plain Dealer file MetroHealth System's armed and uniformed guards are now commissioned police officers with the ability to write tickets as well as arrest and detain people.
Embassy demands release of ' unlawfully detained' diplomat who shot 2 Pakistanis.
Chinese state media say police have detained a monk and his nephew in the southwestern province of Sichuan and accused .
BEIJING — Chinese state media say police have detained a monk and his nephew in the southwestern province of Sichuan and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans.
BEIJING — Police detained a monk and his nephew in China's Sichuan province and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers, state media said.

In science:

These details need not detain us, since we are seeking inspiration rather than philosophical precision.
Evaluating Defaults
This has been done in detain in , so we will only accentuate the main results here, referring the reader to the original paper for a thorough explanation.
A Random Matrix Approach to VARMA Processes
The finer details of the decoherence mechanism, and the work t hat remains to be done to fully understand them, need not detain us here.
How Classical Particles Emerge From the Quantum World
Whatever turns out to be the final configuration, being the star somehow rebalanced or destroyed, the unstable phase must be detained and the vacuum must evolve to some new stationary regime.
Particle creation due to tachyonic instability in relativistic stars
For this end, the reading of Sect. 2 is sufficient and the references cited may be consulted for more detains and proofs of some assertions.
Handbook of normal frames and coordinates