from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A camp where civilians, enemy aliens, political prisoners, and sometimes prisoners of war are detained and confined, typically under harsh conditions.
- n. A place or situation characterized by extremely harsh conditions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A camp where large numbers of persons—such as political prisoners, prisoners of war, refugees—are detained for the purpose of concentrating them in one place.
- n. A camp or premises in which persons considered to be undesirable by those who control it are hidden away, mistreated, and even killed.
- n. A situation wherein crowding and extremely harsh conditions take place.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined (usually under harsh conditions)
- n. a situation characterized by crowding and extremely harsh conditions
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