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Prison appears in the following tongue twister:

  • To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
    In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
    Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
    From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!
    To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
    In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
    Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
    From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!
    A dull, dark dock, a life-long lock,
    A short, sharp shock, a big black block!
    To sit in solemn silence in a pestilential prison,
    And awaiting the sensation
    From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!
    (by W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan from The Mikado)

Prison appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • No, sir, prefer prison.
  • Golf? No sir, prefer prison flog.
  • Lapp, Mac? No, sir, prison-camp pal.
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Prison is sometimes a misspelling of precision.

The word prison 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 prison

What does prison mean as a name of something?

Prison is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: prisons

  1. a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of prison: prison house
    • more generic term: correctional institution = a penal institution maintained by the government
    • more specific terms:
      • bastille = a jail or prison
      • chokey / choky = British slang (dated) for a prison
      • nick = a prison
      • panopticon = a circular prison with cells distributed around a central surveillance station
      • state prison = a prison maintained by a state of the U.S.
    • instance: Newgate = a former prison in London notorious for its unsanitary conditions and burnt down in riots in 1780
    • part: cellblock / ward = a division of a prison
  2. a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement

Alternative definition of the noun prison


  1. A place of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes.
  2. [uncountable] Confinement in a prison.
  3. [colloquial] Any restrictive environment, such as a harsh academy or home.

Definition of the verb prison

What does prison mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: prisoned | prisoning | prisons

  1. [transitive] to imprison


  1. "Prison" is a 1988 horror film starring Viggo Mortensen. It was filmed at the Old State Prison in Rawlins, Wyoming, with many of its residents on the cast and crew.
  2. "Prison" is a 1949 Swedish drama film directed by Ingmar Bergman.
  3. "Prison" a.k.a. "Furnace" is a 2007 horror film written and directed by William Butler. It stars Danny Trejo, Michael Paré, Tom Sizemore, Ja Rule, and Paul Wall.
  4. "Prison": Ergastolo is a black and white 1952 Italian prison drama film directed by Luigi Capuano.
  5. "Prison" is a 2013 short drama and mystery film written by James Altucher and Sean Breathnach and directed by Sean Breathnach.
  6. "Prison" is a film, directed by Herve Handsome.
    • country: Hungary
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Gay pornography
    • released on (16 years ago)
  7. "Prison" is a film, directed by William Hunter.

Phrases with Prison

Phrases starting with the word Prison:

  1. prison camp
  2. prison cell
  3. prison farm
  4. Prison gang
  5. Prison Goby
  6. prison term
  7. prison guard
  8. prison house
  9. Prison Labor
  10. prison-bound
  11. Prison Chaser
  12. prison chaplain
  13. prison-breaking

Phrases ending with the word Prison:

  1. In Prison
  2. state prison

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Prison

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Google previewInnocent (2006)

Inside Wrongful Conviction Cases by Scott Christianson

Prison is a place that is storing Prisoners as if they were in the slave ships, in double bunked cells, whereas ...

Google previewThe Now of Yesterday (2011)

by Angelo Arnold

Prison is a place where the first person you see looks like an All-American college boy, and you are surprised. Later you are disgusted because people on the outside still have the same prejudices about prisoners that you used to have. Prison ...

Google previewThe Ladies' Repository (1862)

A prison is a scene of darkness. The light is studiously shut out of prisons. Only so much is allowed to glimmer through the narrow grating of massive iron as to make the “darkness visible” and felt. Impurity, remorse, despair, constitute “the ...

Google previewSeptem in uno: the first seven volumes of the Homilist in one (1886)

being a republication of all the germs of thought, leading homilies, etc by David Thomas (D. D., of Stockwell, Eng.)

That THERE ARE HUMAN SPIRITS IN HADES ACTUALLY IN A STATE OP IMPRISONMENT. First : A Prison is a Scene of Darkness. The light is studiously shut out of prisons. Only so much is allowed to glimmer through the narrow grating of ...

Google previewCircle of Conviction (2000)

by B. Scott Gallie

Introduction Prison is a terrible place to live. Even though most inmates seem to adapt rather well, mostly due to necessity, it is still considered sub-optimal by the majority of the population at large. All of the rumors about prisons being like ...

Google previewDictionary of Probation and Offender Management (2013)

by Rob Canton, David Hancock

Imprisonment is the most extreme punishment available to sentencers. The prison population has risen steeply in recent decades. One of the mainaimsofthe National Offender Management Service(NOMS)isto ensure that the time someone ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 16: Sports and Recreation by Harvey H. Jackson III

prison rodeo in the nation. (Photograph courtesy of the State Library of Louisiana ) Paper Americana Collection, Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi. of the NASCAR racing team Richard Petty Motorsports. They reinforce ...

Google previewDisasters and Tragic Events: An Encyclopedia of Catastrophes in American History [2 volumes] (2014)

by Mitchell Newton-Matza

The event at Attica helped to bring consciousness of the problems affecting the prison system not just in New York but nationwide. Even though change ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Kidnappings (2002)

by Michael Newton

On September 10, 1924, Leopold and Loeb received life prison terms for murder, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social History (1993)

by Peter N. Stearns

By the early 19th century, prison became the standard punishment for both misdemeanors and felonies. Lively debate developed over the most effective organization and architecture of penitentiaries, with some reformers advocating the ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1905)

by David Shephard Garland, James Cockcroft, Lucius Polk McGehee, Charles Porterfield

Jail liberties, see infra, Prison bounds. Labor, see infra, Convict labor. Legacies and ...

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Quotes about Prison

On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists, who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding in prison caused by the Drug War. (Michael Badnarik)
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The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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