from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The governmental department charged with the regulation and control of the affairs of a community, now chiefly the department established to maintain order, enforce the law, and prevent and detect crime.
- n. A body of persons making up such a department, trained in methods of law enforcement and crime prevention and detection and authorized to maintain the peace, safety, and order of the community.
- n. A body of persons having similar organization and function: campus police. Also called police force.
- n. Police officers considered as a group.
- n. Regulation and control of the affairs of a community, especially with respect to maintenance of order, law, health, morals, safety, and other matters affecting the public welfare.
- n. Informal A group that admonishes, cautions, or reminds: grammar police; fashion police.
- n. The cleaning of a military base or other military area: Police of the barracks must be completed before inspection.
- n. The soldiers assigned to a specified maintenance duty.
- transitive v. To regulate, control, or keep in order with or as if with a law enforcement agency.
- transitive v. To make (a military area, for example) neat in appearance: policed the barracks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To enforce the law and keep order among (a group).
- v. To patrol an area.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A judicial and executive system, for the government of a city, town, or district, for the preservation of rights, order, cleanliness, health, etc., and for the enforcement of the laws and prevention of crime; the administration of the laws and regulations of a city, incorporated town, or borough.
- n. That which concerns the order of the community; the internal regulation of a state.
- n. The organized body of civil officers in a city, town, or district, whose particular duties are the preservation of good order, the prevention and detection of crime, and the enforcement of the laws.
- n. Military police, the body of soldiers detailed to preserve civil order and attend to sanitary arrangements in a camp or garrison.
- n. The cleaning of a camp or garrison, or the state � a camp as to cleanliness.
- transitive v. To keep in order by police.
- transitive v. To make clean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Public order; the regulation of a country or district with reference to the maintenance of order; more specifically, the power of each state, when exercised (either directly by its legislature or through its municipalities) for the suppression or regulation of whatever is injurious to the peace, health, morality, general intelligence, and thrift of the community, and its internal safety.
- n. An organized civil force for maintaining order, preventing and detecting crime, and enforcing the laws; the body of men by whom the municipal laws and regulations of a city, incorporated town or borough, or rural district are enforced.
- n. In the United States army, the act or process of policing (see police, v., 2): a kind of fatigue duty: as, to go on police; to do police.
- n. A civil police having a military organization. Such are the French gendarmerie, the sbirri of Italy, and the Irish constabulary.
- n. In Scotland, one of a body elected by the ratepayers to manage police affairs in burghs.
- To watch, guard, or maintain order in; protect or control by means of a body of policemen: as, to police a district; to police the inland waters of a country.
- To clean up; clear out; put in order: as, to police the parade-ground.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the force of policemen and officers
- v. maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol
French, from Old French policie, civil organization, from Late Latin polītīa, from Latin, the State, from Greek polīteia, from polītēs, citizen, from polis, city.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French police, from Latin politia ("state, government"), from Ancient Greek πολιτεία (politeia). (Wiktionary)