• KÛshite Prisoners Brought to Egypt
    KÛshite Prisoners Brought to Egypt
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prisoner a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An African Mohammedan, an... Annamite, and a prisoner An African Mohammedan, an... Annamite, and a prisoner
The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
The prisoner looks out of a barred window, watched by two guards The prisoner looks out of a barred window, watched by two guards
The princess finds herself a prisoner on the ship The princess finds herself a prisoner on the ship
"John Hart, you are my prisoner." P. 334 "John Hart, you are my prisoner." P. 334
The prisoners re-captured. P 522 The prisoners re-captured. P 522

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average stay for a prisoner on Alcatraz, when it was used as a prison, was five years
    • Prisoner A person under arrest, or in custody, whether in prison or not; a person held in involuntary restraint; a captive; as, a prisoner at the bar of a court. "Prisoner of Hope thou art, -- look up and sing."
    • Prisoner One who is confined in a prison.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Frank Wathernam was the last prisoner to leave Alcatraz prison on March 21, 1963
    • n prisoner One who keeps a prison; a jailer.
    • n prisoner One who is confined in a prison by legal arrest or warrant.
    • n prisoner A person under arrest or in custody of the law, whether in prison or not: as, a prisoner at the bar of a court.
    • n prisoner A captive; one taken by an enemy in war.
    • n prisoner One who or that which is deprived of liberty or kept in restraint.
    • n prisoner In mech., a piece of metal used to connect two adjacent parts of the rim of a fly-wheel. The prisoner is usually put in place in recesses in the rim while hot, so that its contraction during cooling will draw the two parts of the rim together very tightly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1920, Eugene Debs, a Socialist, received 920,000 votes for president of the United States even though he ran his entire campaign from prison.
    • ns Prisoner one arrested or confined in prison: a captive
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We are the prisoners of ideas.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
  • Sir Edwin Arnold
    Sir Edwin Arnold
    “Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “Liberty is a different kind of pain from prison.”
  • Ben Johnson
    “There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We are prisoners of ideas.”


Take no prisoners - If people take no prisoners, they do things in a very aggressive way, without considering any harm they might do to achieve their objectives.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prisonnier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. prensio, -onis, for prehensio, a seizing—prehendĕre, -hensum, to seize.


In literature:

The prisoner knew that he was nursing a grudge for the blow that had floored him.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
All the prisoners denied the charges brought against them.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
He defeated the French at Agincourt in 1415, he carried the Duke of Orleans a prisoner to London, he took Rouen, and overran Normandy.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
The prisoners began to dig a hole under prison No.
"A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed." by Benjamin Waterhouse
He stood on the platform, pale and anxious as his prisoner.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
He lived to reward his benefactors by consigning them all to prison and to death.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
She's very common; her father died in prison.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
The British lost three officers, while large numbers of native soldiers were killed or made prisoners.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
The rest of the party are said to have been made prisoners.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The number of prisoners captured by the Russians continually increased.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"

In poetry:

The suspected they took away,
Upon a dark and dreary day,
To Dumfries prison, where she lay
Until her trial;
For all that they could do or say, She made denial.
"The Death Of Thomas Stoddart" by Susannah Hawkins
And yet my branches spread, a kingly sight,
In the close prison of the drooping air:
When sun-vex'd noons are at their fiery height,
My shade is broad, and there
"The City Tree" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
The Prison Tow'r was silver white,
And radiant as the morning;
Two angels' wings were spreading wide,
The battlements, from side to side—
And lofty roof adorning.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
I am as one who hid a giant's child
In her deep prison, and, from year to year,
He grew to his own stature, fierce and wild,
And what she took for love she kept for fear.
"The Captain's Wife" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Since now there streams over my land and sea
This dread Love strange as light beyond recall,
I am thy prisoner; yes, and thou art free
With but a touch to lay in ruin all.
"Song" by Frederic Herbert Trench
Yet I shall meet thee, when no longer this
Dull earth shall keep my spirit in its prison;
Shall know the rapture of thy holy kiss
In climes to which thy happy soul has risen.
"My Mothers Grave" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell

In news:

Mule Creek Prison's design capacity is for 1,700 prisoners.
The Justice Department 's April investigation report described the prison as "a violent and dangerous institution" with "shockingly high rates of serious prisoner-on-prisoner violence and officer misconduct".
17 prisoners dig tunnel to freedom at Reynosa prison.
Pope Benedict XVI met Thursday with participants of a conference of European prison administrators and urged them to re-educate prisoners, not just punish them.
CDCR Secretary Matt Cate has said he wants to increase prisoner rehabilitation and that prisons have been so overcrowded that it's been difficult to identify and deliver inmates' needs.
The country's 19 prisons were built to hold a total of 8,000 prisoners — today, 24,000 are stuffed into them.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio prisons department says a lakeshore lock-up that became the nation's first privately-owned state prison last year has corrected 38 of the 47 safety, health and security issues uncovered during a fall audit.
MONROE — Grays Harbor sheriff's deputies have arrested a man believed linked to an escape from a Monroe prison, saying the 59-year-old drove the getaway car for a fugitive prisoner who remains at large.
A convicted killer serving a 60-year prison sentence has been sentenced to an additional seven years in prison for escape from a county jail.
Now that former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is in prison, and former Auditor Frank Russo and the rest of the cast are in prison or on the way, what happens to all the local politicians who were deemed "small fry" by the FBI.
The exterior and interior of the prison were designed intentionally to show how real prisons were altered or improved from era to era.
San Diego will have to build more jail space to accommodate the prisoners being passed down from state prisons under California's realignment policy.
How will budget cuts to prison systems in Oregon and Washington affect prisoners and Northwest communities.
Years after ALEC's Truth In Sentencing bills became the law of the land, its Prison Industries Act has quietly expanded prison labor across the country.
Emergency management officials say about 45 people at York County Prison have been taken to the hospital after a gas odor was reported in the prison .

In science:

Lozano, Phase transitions to cooperation in the prisoner’s dilemma.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
Prisoners of their own device: Tro jan attacks on device-independent quantum cryptography.
Security and Composability of Randomness Expansion from Bell Inequalities
Mathematically, this model generalizes the iterated prisoner dilemma and tit-for-tat, from the dyadic setting of and to the multi-individual setting.
Altruism can proliferate through group/kin selection despite high random gene flow
Evolutionary Exploration of the Finitely Repeated Prisoners Dilemma–The Effect of Out-of-Equilibrium Play.
Evolutionary Exploration of the Finitely Repeated Prisoners' Dilemma--The Effect of Out-of-Equilibrium Play
The purpose of this paper is to investigate in an evolutionary context the performance of strategies representing the strategic choices discussed above in the finitely repeated Prisoners’ Dilemma.
Evolutionary Exploration of the Finitely Repeated Prisoners' Dilemma--The Effect of Out-of-Equilibrium Play