Pronunciation: (di-ten'shun), [key]
1. the act of detaining.
2. the state of being detained.
3. maintenance of a person in custody or confinement, esp. while awaiting a court decision.
4. the withholding of what belongs to or is claimed by another.
of or pertaining to detention or used to detain: the detention room of a police station.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.