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

    Every confinement of the person, whether in a prison, a house or on the street. See 12 Ark. 43, 54 Am. Dec. 250.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The act of putting or cenfining a man in prison; the restraint of a man's personal liberty; coercion exercised upon a person to prevent the free exercise of his powers of locomotion. State v. Shaw, 73 Vt. 149, 50 Atl. 863; In re Langs-low, 167 N. Y. 314, 60 N. E. 590; In re Langan (C. Ct) 123 Fed. 134; Steere v. Field, 22 Fed. Cas. 1221. It is not a necessary part of the definition that the confinement should be in a place usually appropriated to that purpose; it may be in a locality used only for the specific occasion; or it may take place without the actual application of any physical agencies of restraint, (such as locks or bars,) but by verbal compulsion and the display of available force. See Pike v. Hanson, 9 N. H. 491. Any forcible detention of a man's person, or control over his movements, is imprisonment. Lawson v. Buzines, 3 Har. (Del.) 416.
    —False imprisonment. The unlawful arrest or detention, of a person without warrant, or by an illegal warrant, or a warrant illegally executed, and either in a prison or a place used temporarily for that purpose, or by force and constraint without confinement. Brewster v. People, 183 111. 143, 55 N. E. 640; Miller v. Fano, 134 Cal. 103, 66 Pac. 183; Filer v. Smith, 96 Mich. 347, 55 N. W. 999, 35 Am. St. Rep. 603; Eberling v. State, 136 Ind. 117, 35 N. E. 1023. False imprisonment consists in the uniawful detention of the person of another, for any length of time, whereby he is deprived of his personal liberty. Code Ga. 1882, § 2990; Pen. Cal. § 236. The term is also used as the name of the action which lies for this species of injury. 3 Bl. Comm. 138