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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Detainer  \De*tain"er\  (-[~e]r),  n. 
  1.  One  who  detains. 
  2.  (Law) 
  a  The  keeping  possession  of  what  belongs  to  another; 
  detention  of  what  is  another's,  even  though  the 
  original  taking  may  have  been  lawful.  Forcible 
  detainer  is  indictable  at  common  law. 
  b  A  writ  authorizing  the  keeper  of  a  prison  to  continue 
  to  keep  a  person  in  custody.