Search Result for "prison house":
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement;
[syn: prison, prison house]

2. a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment;
[syn: prison, prison house]

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2 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prison \Pris"on\ (?; 277), n. [F., fr. L. prehensio, prensio, a seizing, arresting, fr. prehendre, prendere, to lay hold of, to seize. See Prehensile, and cf. Prize, n., Misprision.] 1. A place where persons are confined, or restrained of personal liberty; hence, a place or state o? confinement, restraint, or safe custody. [1913 Webster] Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name. --Ps. cxlii. 7. [1913 Webster] The tyrant Aeolus, . . . With power imperial, curbs the struggling winds, And sounding tempests in dark prisons binds. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, a building for the safe custody or confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful authority. [1913 Webster] Prison bars, or Prison base. See Base, n., 24. Prison breach. (Law) See Note under 3d Escape, n., 4. Prison house, a prison. --Shak. Prison ship (Naut.), a ship fitted up for the confinement of prisoners. Prison van, a carriage in which prisoners are conveyed to and from prison. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

prison house n 1: a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement [syn: prison, prison house] 2: a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment [syn: prison, prison house]