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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Custody  \Cus"to*dy\  (k?s"t?-d?),  n.  [L.  custodia,  fr  custos 
  guard;  prob.  akin  to  Gr  ??????  to  hide,  and  E.  hide.  See 
  {Hide}  to  cover.] 
  1.  A  keeping  or  guarding;  care  watch,  inspection,  for 
  keeping,  preservation,  or  security. 
 
  A  fleet  of  thirty  ships  for  the  custody  of  the 
  narrow  seas.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  Judicial  or  penal  safe-keeping. 
 
  Jailer,  take  him  to  thy  custody.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  custody 
  n  1:  a  state  of  confinement  (usually  for  a  short  time;  "the 
  prisoner  is  on  hold";  "he  is  in  the  custody  of  police") 
  [syn:  {detention},  {hold}] 
  2:  holding  by  the  police;  "the  suspect  is  in  custody" 
  3:  (with  `in')  guardianship  over  "my  fate  is  in  your  hands"; 
  "too  much  power  in  the  president's  hands";  "the  children 
  are  in  the  custody  of  their  mother"  [syn:  {hands}] 




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