Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Holding one in custody.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The act of keeping back or withholding, either accidentally or by design, a person or thing. See Detainer.
    —Detention in a reformatory, as a punishment or measure of prevention, is where a juvenile offender la sentenced to be sent to a reformatory school, to be there detained for a certain period of time. 1 Russ. Crimes, 82.