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Incarceration \In*car`cer*a"tion\, n. [Cf. F. incarc['e]ration.]

  1. The act of confining, or the state of being confined; imprisonment.

  2. (Med.)

    1. Formerly, strangulation, as in hernia.

    2. A constriction of the hernial sac, rendering it irreducible, but not great enough to cause strangulation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "retention of pus," from Medieval Latin incarcerationem (nominative incarceratio), noun of action from past participle stem of incarcerare "to imprison," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + carcer "prison, an enclosed space," from Proto-Italic *kar-kr(o)-, of uncertain origin.\n\nIt seems best to connect carcer with other IE words for 'circle, round object', such as Latin. curvus, Gr. κιρκος 'ring', OIc. hringr, although not all of these have a good IE etymology. The reduplication in Latin carcer could be iconic; thus, the original\nmeaning would have been 'enclosure'.

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n. 1 The act of confine, or the state of being confined; imprisonment. 2 Formerly, strangulation, as in hernia. 3 A constriction of the hernial sac, rendering it irreducible, but not great enough to cause strangulation.


n. the state of being imprisoned; "he was held in captivity until he died"; "the imprisonment of captured soldiers"; "his ignominious incarceration in the local jail"; "he practiced the immurement of his enemies in the castle dungeon" [syn: captivity, imprisonment, immurement]

Incarceration (disambiguation)

Incarceration may refer to:

  • Incarceration, the detention of a person in jail or prison
  • Incarcerated hernia
  • Uterine incarceration

Usage examples of "incarceration".

She was right impressed to be serving a man of the cloth, which I was back in those days, and I converted the bejabbers out of her three or four times a day, which made my incarceration in durance vile a mite easier to take.

Justice sentenced Albert Ponce, aka Flimflam, aka Ponsit Prosit, over five years ago to life incarceration on Padrugoi Station.

The video feed was from various microcameras that Opal had installed around the clinic before her incarceration.

Unless, Blade speculated, Penza Hall was devoted to psychological manipulations instead of simple physical incarceration.

Festivitas and his long incarceration with Maximus Praeclarus in the dungeons of the Colosseum had familiarized him with the politics of Castra Sanguinarius, and now the presence of Dion Splendidus was all that he needed to complete the plans that the tyranny and cruelty of Sublatus had forced upon him.

Anyone who did not disperse within forty-five minutes was liable to immediate arrest, incarceration, and, if proven guilty, to either a sentence of death or to being sentenced to transportation for life at Her Majesty's pleasure.

I tried to summon up the rough conversion factor I had worked out during my long incarceration.

One: permanent incarceration in the Caledonian Correctional Institution on Caithness Subcontinent.

As a result we turned our hacking skills during the times of our incarceration towards the study of criminal law and, ultimately, survival.

Had I suspected any of this, imagined for even a moment that kingship is but a life sentence of incarceration in a samite-lined prison, I had thrown that cursed chunk of amber and the desiccated remains of a little beast it entombs into the sea and returned to the free life of a warrior amongst warriors in the fern, the greenwood, and the mountain caves .

That incarceration of epileptics in prison and their conviction as criminals is unjust and cruel.

Not that I like hanging out with dudes hyped up on coffee and cigarettes, but it sure beats incarceration.

Ten hours' sleep would have been a boon, but if anything she'd read about long incarcerations in the dark was true, Sondra had been sleeping fifteen to twenty hours out of every twenty-four.

We read similar stories from New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Washington state -- never mind the incarcerations in China and the executions in Zimbabwe and Central Asia.

It's that which may have an influence on Zek, not jailing a couple of Ferengi Citizens whose incarceration will have no effect at all on the grand nagus's business interests.