1. The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding.
2. The state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity.
3. Confinement; restraint; custody.
The archduke Philip . . . found himself in a sort of honorable detention at Henry's court. --Hallam.
n 1: a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his
detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is
on hold"; "he is in the custody of police" [syn: hold,
2: a punishment in which a student must stay at school after
others have gone home; "the detention of tardy pupils"