detention center

noun

Definition of detention center

  1. 1 :  a place where people who have entered a country illegally are kept for a period of time

  2. 2 :  a place where people who have committed crimes are kept as punishment She spent several months in a detention center for women. a juvenile detention center

Word by Word Definitions

detentionplay
  1. :  the act or fact of detaining or holding back

    :  a holding in custody

    :  the state of being detained

centerplay
  1. :  the point around which a circle or sphere is described

    :  a point that is related to a geometrical figure in such a way that for any point on the figure there is another point on the figure such that a straight line joining the two points is bisected by the original point —called also center of symmetry

    :  the center of the circle inscribed in a regular (see 1regular 2b) polygon

  1. :  to place or fix at or around a center or central area

    :  to give a central focus or basis

    :  to adjust (as lenses) so that the axes (see axis 1a) coincide


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