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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Correction \Cor*rec"tion\ (k?r-r?k"sh?n), n. [L. correctio: cf. F. correction.] 1. The act of correcting, or making that right which was wrong; change for the better; amendment; rectification, as of an erroneous statement. [1913 Webster] The due correction of swearing, rioting, neglect of God's word, and other scandalouss vices. --Strype. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of reproving or punishing, or that which is intended to rectify or to cure faults; punishment; discipline; chastisement. [1913 Webster] Correction and instruction must both work Ere this rude beast will profit. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. That which is substituted in the place of what is wrong; an emendation; as, the corrections on a proof sheet should be set in the margin. [1913 Webster] 4. Abatement of noxious qualities; the counteraction of what is inconvenient or hurtful in its effects; as, the correction of acidity in the stomach. [1913 Webster] 5. An allowance made for inaccuracy in an instrument; as, chronometer correction; compass correction. [1913 Webster] Correction line (Surv.), a parallel used as a new base line in laying out township in the government lands of the United States. The adoption at certain intervals of a correction line is necessitated by the convergence of of meridians, and the statute requirement that the townships must be squares. House of correction, a house where disorderly persons are confined; a bridewell. Under correction, subject to correction; admitting the possibility of error. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

house of correction n 1: (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS. A prison where offenders of a particular class are confined. The term is more common in England than in the United States.