Cus"to*dy (k?s"t?-d?), n. [L. custodia, fr. custos guard; prob. akin to Gr. to hide, and E. hide. Seee 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.

3.

State of being guarded and watched to prevent escape; restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment.

What pease will be given To us enslaved, but custody severe, And stripes and arbitrary punishment? Milton.

 

© Webster 1913.

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