detention center

noun

Definition of detention center

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

detention play
  1. : the act or fact of detaining or holding back

  2. : the state of being detained

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

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

  3. : a point, area, person, or thing that is most important or pivotal in relation to an indicated activity, interest, or condition

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

  2. : to give a central focus or basis

  3. : to adjust (things, such as lenses) so that the axes coincide


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