from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A prison in which limited sentences are served at manual labor.
- n. Chiefly British A poorhouse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. formerly, an institution for the poor homeless, funded by the local parish where the able-bodied were required to work.
- n. a prison in which the sentence includes manual labour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A house where any manufacture is carried on; a workshop.
- n. A house in which idle and vicious persons are confined to labor.
- n. A house where the town poor are maintained at public expense, and provided with labor; a poorhouse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house in which work is carried on; a manufactory.
- n. A house in which able-bodied paupers are compelled to work; a poorhouse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled to labor
- n. a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months
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