Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of detaining.
  • noun The state or a period of being detained, especially.
  • noun A period of temporary custody while awaiting trial.
  • noun A holding of a person in custody or confinement by authorities for political or military reasons.
  • noun A form of punishment by which a student is made to stay after regular school hours.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding or keeping of what belongs to or is claimed by another.
  • noun The state of being detained or held back; restraint; confinement.
  • noun Forced stoppage; hindrance; delay from necessity or on account of obstacles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding.
  • noun The state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity.
  • noun Confinement; restraint; custody.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The act of detaining or the state of being detained.
  • noun countable A temporary state of custody or confinement, especially of a prisoner awaiting trial, or of a student being punished.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
  • noun a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English detencioun, act of withholding, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin dētentiō, dētentiōn-, from dētentus, past participle of dētinēre, to detain; see detain.]

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