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Jail

Jail appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Jail zesty vixen who grabbed pay from quack. (36 letters)
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun jail:

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The word jail is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun jail

What does jail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: jails

  1. 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)

Alternative definition of the noun jail

noun

  1. A place for the confinement of persons held in lawful custody or detention, especially for minor offenses or with reference to some future judicial proceeding.
  2. [rfex] [uncountable] Confinement in a jail.
  3. [slang] school
  4. [context: horse racing] The requirements that a horse claimed in a claiming race not be run at another track for (usually) 30 days.

Definition of the verb jail

What does jail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: jailed | jailing | jails

  1. lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

Alternative definition of the verb jail

verb

  1. To imprison.

Films

  1. "Jail" is a 2009 Hindi movie directed by Madhur Bhandarkar and starring Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arya Babbar, Mugdha Godse and Manoj Bajpai.
  2. "Jail" is a 1966 Indian Malayalam film, directed and produced by Kunchacko. The film stars Sathyan, Sharada, Adoor Bhasi and Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair in lead roles. The film had musical score by G. Devarajan.

Phrases with Jail

Phrases starting with the word Jail:

  1. jail bird
  2. jail cell
  3. Jail fever
  4. jail delivery

Phrases ending with the word Jail:

  1. In jail
  2. Rot in Jail

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Jail

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Google previewSet Theory and its Applications (2006)

Proceedings of a Conference held at York University, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 10-21, 1987 by Juris Steprans, Stephen Watson

Unless the jail is an isolated point in Game 1 or an open set in Game 2, the villain can foil any stationary strategy by the...

Google previewBronx Justice (2009)

by Joseph Teller

Jail is a horrible place, more horrible by a factor of ten than you can possibly imagine. Jaywalker himself had...

Google previewTWIN TOWERS LOS ANGELES (2013)

by Insung Philip Cho

Again, jail is a game in which you have many opponents. You have to figure out who is on your side and who is your enemy. You have to try to protect yourself at all times. This place is very dangerous. Your life is on the line. Please remember ...

Google previewThe Novels of William Faulkner (1995)

A Critical Interpretation by Olga W. Vickery

For one thing, the jail is a visible symbol of the assumption that the virtuous can be separated from the wicked and that...

The jail is the record of the town, “filled not only with its mutation and change from a halting-place: to a community: to a ...

Google previewLiars and Outliers (2012)

Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive by Bruce Schneier

Done right, jail is a place to reform criminals. Done wrong, jail is a place where criminals learn how to be better criminals.

Google previewAnnual Report of the Board of State Charities of Indiana (1893)

by Indiana. Board of State Charities

The jail is an anomaly. That it is a part of our system of government is t<> be...

Google previewFirst Degree (2007)

by David Rosenfelt

County jail is the flip side of that. When you're sent there, you know you might find yourself in state prison if you get...

jail is a pretty superduper place to live. But for some reason, Oscar Garcia doesn't see it that way. Oscar thinks it's an ...

Google previewAnnual Report of the State Charities Commission (1911)

by Illinois. State Charities Commission

The Wabash County jail is a two-story brick building in the court house yard. There is an old fence surrounding the jail. Men occupy the first floor which is very damp and musty and there is no basement and no drainage. Although the building ...

Google previewAnnual Report (1911)

by Illinois. State Charities Commission

The Wabash County jail is a two-story brick building in the court house yard. There is an old fence surrounding the jail. Men occupy the first floor which is very damp and musty and there is no basement and no drainage. Although the building ...

Google previewOver the Influence (2003)

The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol by Patt Denning, Jeannie Little, Adina Glickman

Going to jail is a serious problem; smoking pot or using may not be. The stigma and shame associated with illegal drug use are harmful to one's relationship with others and damaging to one's own psyche. Finally, a drug's illegal status means ...

Google previewAnnual Report of the Prison Association of New York for the Year ... (1914)

by Prison Association of New York

The jail is a brick fireproof structure. The interior finish is of brick; the floors are of concrete. It has an " A " shaped roof covered with slate. The jail is heated with steam, and is well ventilated. There are side windows and turrets on the roof.

Google previewJudson's Burmese-English Dictionary (1893)

by Adoniram Judson, Robert Charles Stevenson

a prison, jail for malefactors ; cjoSaSSn ooj, v. to be imprisoned. obs ( GoooSob'), a Jailor (of doubtful...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Violence (2004)

Frequent, Commonplace, Unexpected by Margaret DiCanio

Although distinctions often blur, a jail is typically a place of temporary and pretrial confinement, while a prison is a place of more permanent postsentencing confinement. The jail is intended to hold individuals while they await trial, are held for ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

JAIL, n. s. [geol, Fr.] A goal; a prison; a no smell, and very little taste, but affects the throat Slices of bryony root when mixed with those of about 5,ecocco of acres. It approaches in its fipaniola' on the E. and is about 20 leagues broad. This.

Google previewThe American Dictionary of Criminal Justice (2005)

Key Terms and Major Court Cases by Dean J. Champion

jail A facility operated and financed by a city or county to contain offenders serving short sentences or awaiting further processing. Jails also house more serious prisoners from state or federal prisons through ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cryptography and Security (2014)

by Henk C.A. van Tilborg, Sushil Jajodia

Jail. Lee D. McFearin Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA...

A Chroot Jail is a UNIX-like construct which limits a process's visibility to a particular section of the filesystem.

Google previewDictionary of American Criminal Justice (1998)

Key Terms and Major Supreme Court Cases by Dean J. Champion

jail. City or county operated and financed facility to contain those offenders who are serving short sentences, are awaiting further processing. Jails also house more serious prisoners from state or federal prisons through contracts to alleviate ...

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Usage statistics about jail

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun jail:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb jail:

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Quotes about Jail

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company. (Samuel Johnson)
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Scrabble value of J8A1I1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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