an escape from prison, especially by forcible means.
verb (used with object), jailbroke [jeyl-brohk] /ˈdʒeɪlˌbroʊk/ (Show IPA), jailbroken [jeyl-broh-kuh n] /ˈdʒeɪlˌbroʊ kən/ (Show IPA), jailbreaking.
Digital Technology. to gain access to the operating system of (a smartphone, tablet, etc., especially an Apple device), usually in order to run modified or unauthorized software.
Compare 1 (def 22a).
verb (used without object), jailbroke [jeyl-brohk] /ˈdʒeɪlˌbroʊk/ (Show IPA), jailbroken [jeyl-broh-kuh n] /ˈdʒeɪlˌbroʊ kən/ (Show IPA), jailbreaking.
Digital Technology. to engage in this practice:
Manufacturers are trying to prevent jailbreaking.
Compare 1 (def 24).
Also gaolbreak. an escape from jail
also jail-break, “prison escape,” 1872, perhaps 1828, from jail (n.) + break (n.).
noun 1. a liberation of persons from prison, especially by force. 2. the act of clearing a jail of prisoners by bringing them to trial, as at the assizes in England. noun 1. forcible and illegal liberation of prisoners from jail 2. (English law) (formerly) a commission issued to assize judges when they come to […]
- Jail fever
noun 1. a former name for typhus, once a common disease in jails
[jeyl-hous] /ˈdʒeɪlˌhaʊs/ noun, plural jailhouses [jeyl-hou-ziz] /ˈdʒeɪlˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA) 1. a or building used as a . /ˈdʒeɪlˌhaʊs/ noun 1. (Southern US) a jail; prison
noun 1. a prisoner who has taught himself or herself law while serving time, is knowledgeable about technical legal matters, and gives legal advice, especially to fellow prisoners. noun phrase A prisoner who, authoritative or not, is disposed to lengthy discussion of his legal rights and those of other inmates; guardhouse lawyer: an avid reader […]