• WordNet 3.6
    • v police maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol
    • n police the force of policemen and officers "the law came looking for him"
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Scene—Country Police Court Scene—Country Police Court

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Connecticut any dogs with tattoos must be reported to the police.
    • Police A judicial and executive system, for the government of a city, town, or district, for the preservation of rights, order, cleanliness, health, etc., and for the enforcement of the laws and prevention of crime; the administration of the laws and regulations of a city, incorporated town, or borough.
    • Police (Mil) Military police, the body of soldiers detailed to preserve civil order and attend to sanitary arrangements in a camp or garrison.
    • Police That which concerns the order of the community; the internal regulation of a state.
    • Police The cleaning of a camp or garrison, or the state a camp as to cleanliness.
    • Police The organized body of civil officers in a city, town, or district, whose particular duties are the preservation of good order, the prevention and detection of crime, and the enforcement of the laws.
    • Police To keep in order by police.
    • Police (Mil) To make clean; as, to police a camp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Police dogs were first used in 1816 in Scotland.
    • n police Public order; the regulation of a country or district with reference to the maintenance of order; more specifically, the power of each state, when exercised (either directly by its legislature or through its municipalities) for the suppression or regulation of whatever is injurious to the peace, health, morality, general intelligence, and thrift of the community, and its internal safety. In its most common acceptation, the police signifies the administration of the municipal laws and regulations of a city or incorporated town or borough by a corps of administrative or executive officers, with the necessary magistrates for the immediate use of force in compelling obedience and punishing violation of the laws, as distinguished from judicial remedies by action, etc. The primary object of the police system is the prevention of crime and the pursuit of offenders; but it is also subservient to other purposes, such as the suppression of mendicancy, the preservation of order, the removal of obstructions and nuisances, and the enforcing of those local and general laws which relate to the public health, order, safety, and comfort.
    • n police An organized civil force for maintaining order, preventing and detecting crime, and enforcing the laws; the body of men by whom the municipal laws and regulations of a city, incorporated town or borough, or rural district are enforced. A police force may be either open or secret. Au open police is a body of officers dressed in uniform, and known to everybody; a secret police consists of officers whom it may be difficult or impossible to distinguish from ordinary citizens, the dress and manners of whom they may think it expedient to assume, in order that they may the more easily detect crimes, or prevent the commission of such as require any previous combination or arrangement. See detective, constable.
    • n police In the United States army, the act or process of policing (see police, v., 2): a kind of fatigue duty: as, to go on police; to do police.
    • n police A civil police having a military organization. Such are the French gendarmerie, the sbirri of Italy, and the Irish constabulary.
    • n police In Scotland, one of a body elected by the ratepayers to manage police affairs in burghs.
    • police To watch, guard, or maintain order in; protect or control by means of a body of policemen: as, to police a district; to police the inland waters of a country.
    • police To clean up; clear out; put in order: as, to police the parade-ground.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first police car was an electric-powered vehicle used in Akron, OH in 1899.
    • n Police pō-lēs′ the system of regulations of a city, town, or district for the preservation of order and enforcement of law: the internal government of a state: (short for Police′-force) the civil officers employed to preserve order, &c
    • v.t Police to guard or maintain order in: to put in order
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  • Jacques Prevert
    Jacques Prevert
    “When truth is no longer free, freedom is no longer real: the truths of the police are the truths of today.”
  • Benjamin Harrison
    Benjamin Harrison
    “We have no commission from God to police the world.”
  • Jeff Arder
    Jeff Arder
    “We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “A functioning police state needs no police.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    “However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. politia, the condition of a state, government, administration, Gr. , fr. to be a citizen, to govern or administer a state, fr. citizen, fr. city; akin to Skr. pur, puri,. Cf. Policy polity, Polity


In literature:

Oh, the police took him to a cell, and left him there.
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
Only fifteen minutes more, and then the police would enter and charge him with that foul crime.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
A police officer stopped them at the door, then permitted them to enter when they showed their press cards.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
The police are now searching for that lady.
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
The Inspector of Police and Marette were in a room too far distant for him to distinguish what was said.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Should Bentley go at once to the police to give them the benefit of whatever knowledge he might have of Caleb Barter?
"The Mind Master" by Arthur J. Burks
Why, you'd think these magistrates had to apologize for there being a police force!
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
The police know Godfrey quite well.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
Mr. Morley speaks more highly of the police than the police speak of Mr. Morley.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

In poetry:

And flowers will grow in blooming-time,
Where prison-doors their jarring cease:
For liberty will banish crime—
Contentment is the best Police.
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
Yes. he ran to the door and he shouted 'Police,'
He called 'Police' nine times or ten;
But no policeman arrived and a very good reason
The police weren't invented by then.
"Sweeney Todd, The Barber" by Weston and Lee
Tractors and songs can pass below the cemetery —
in the dawn light, new people, the smell of burnt gasoline,
fields held in common, water in canals,
no drought or fear of the police.
"Last Will And Testament" by Nazim Hikmet
Upon the Actian marshes Virgil is Phoebus' chief of police,
He can tabulate Caesar's great ships.
He thrills to Ilian arms,
He shakes the Trojan weapons of Aeneas,
And casts stores on Lavinian beaches.
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - XII" by Ezra Pound
But they will pay the price of lust and sin.
I've sent a letter to the police to say:
"If I should die its them have dome me in."
And now a lot of vernal I'll take,
And go to sleep, and never, never wake.
"Infidelity" by Robert W Service
Then the police boats instantly made for the fatal spot,
And with the aid of dockyard hands several people were got,
While some scrambled out themselves, the best way they could—
And the most of them were the inhabitants of the neighborhood.
"The Albion Battleship Calamity" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A caretaker of a Lafayette home hired a day laborer outside a Concord home improvement store, brought him to the house, then claimed he was a police officer and handcuffed the man, police say.
Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams Updates Community on Recent Police Shooting.
Myrtle Beach police are investigating a decapitated rooster, a goat head and bloody knife being found in the roadway, according to a police report.
A police officer talks to residents of Camden, N.J. Where police say a New Jersey mother decapitated her 2-year-old son before fatally stabbing herself, Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012.
A police officer at the scene of a fatal stabbing on a Canadian bus reported seeing the attacker hacking off pieces of the victim's body and eating them, according to a police tape leaked on the Internet Saturday.
What ever became of the Milwaukee Police investigation into reports that a Barack Obama campaign poster was defaced inside the District 5 police station.
DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. Derry Township police said they are investigating a report of a police impersonator who pulled over a driver.
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kidder Township Police Chief, Matthew R Kuzma demonstrates how police officers lift finger prints from a crime scene for Cub Scout Pack 597 from Albrightsville.
Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner with her arms behind her back after the girl threw a tantrum and the police chief defended the action as a safety measure.
LAKE GENEVA — It was what residents spotted and then reported to the Lake Geneva Police Department last month that tipped off officers to an illegal massage parlor in the city, a police detective says.
A police dog searches the banks of the Credit River in Hewick Meadows Park in Mississauga, Ontario, on Aug 16 after police discovered a woman's severed head.
Photo courtesy of police Lawrence police are investigating a reported dognapping of a Maltese puppy from a township home.
LAKE GENEVA — It was what residents spotted and then reported to the Lake Geneva Police Department last month that tipped off officers to an illegal massage parlor in the city, a police detective says.
Mayor Wharton responds to the Police Association's claim he's meddling in police affairs.
Hanover Township police Chief Al Walker, Nanticoke police Chief Bill Shultz, and Nanticoke police Patrolman Brian Kivler and his K-9 partner, Vice.

In science:

We address the need of virtual organizations to enforce their own polices in addition to those of the resource owners, in regard to both resource consumption and job management.
Fine-Grained Authorization for Job Execution in the Grid: Design and Implementation
Nowadays, certain driving directions are specified for the streets by the traffic regulation polices, so that the relevant transportation lines appears to be directed.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
Only per-receiver fair queuing schemes at the congested router such as [41, 26] can effectively police such high-volume aggregate traffic.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
In NetFence, traffic policing is performed by access routers based on unforgeable feedback from congested routers.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
NetFence is based on network-layer policing and router feedback, whereas, the VSR protocol is based on sender flow control and end-to-end receiver feedback.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks