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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·ten·tion /dɪˈtɛnʧən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·ten·tion n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"