[syn: hands, custody]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Custody \Cus"to*dy\ (k?s"t?-d?), n. [L. custodia, fr. custos
guard; prob. akin to Gr. ?????? to hide, and E. hide. Seee
Hide to cover.]
1. A keeping or guarding; care, watch, inspection, for
keeping, preservation, or security.
A fleet of thirty ships for the custody of the
narrow seas. --Bacon.
2. Judicial or penal safe-keeping.
Jailer, take him to thy custody. --Shak.
3. State of being guarded and watched to prevent escape;
restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment.
What pease will be given
To us enslaved, but custody severe,
And stripes and arbitrary punishment? --Milton.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his
detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on
hold"; "he is in the custody of police" [syn: detention,
detainment, hold, custody]
2: holding by the police; "the suspect is in custody"
3: (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the
right to house and care for and discipline a child; "my fate
is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's hands";
"your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded
custody of the children" [syn: hands, custody]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
94 Moby Thesaurus words for "custody":
administration, auspices, captainship, care, chairmanship, charge,
cold storage, confinement, conservation, convenership, cure,
custodianship, dead storage, detention, dictatorship, directorate,
directorship, dry storage, eagle eye, foremanship, generalship,
governance, government, governorship, guard, guardedness,
guardianship, guarding, guidance, hands, headship, hold,
imprisonment, incarceration, intendancy, invigilation,
jurisdiction, keep, keeping, leadership, lookout, management,
managership, mastership, ministry, monitoring, observance,
overseership, oversight, pastorage, pastorate, pastorship,
patronage, peeled eye, preservation, presidency,
preventive custody, proctoring, proctorship, protection,
protective custody, protectorship, prudence, qui vive, safe hands,
safekeeping, sharp eye, shelf-room, sovereignty, stewardship,
storage, storage space, stowage, superintendence, superintendency,
supervision, supervisorship, surveillance, trust, tutelage, vigil,
vigilance, ward, wardenship, wardship, warehousing, wariness,
watch, watch and ward, watchful eye, watchfulness, watching,
weather eye, wing
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
CUSTODY. The detainer of a person by virtue of a lawful authority. To be in
custody, is to be lawfully detained under arrest. Vide 14 Vin. Ab. 359; 3
Chit. Pr. 355. In another sense, custody signifies having the care and
possession of a thing; as, the chancellor is entitled to the custody as the
keeper of the seal.