jail has definitions from the field of law
[ noun ] (law) a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Four additional deputies be employed at the Fulton_County_Jail and `` a doctor , medical_intern or extern be employed for night and weekend duty at the jail '' .

(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)

The sentence : 360 days ' confinement in the county jail .

[ verb ] lock up or confine, in or as in a jail


"The suspects were imprisoned without trial" "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"

Used in print


He himself was once convicted of painting erotica and jailed for 24 days - the first three of_which he spent desperately trying to make paintings on the wall with his own spittle .