CUSTODY, n. [L., a watchman, a keeper. See Chaste.]

1. A keeping; a guarding; care, watch, inspection, for keeping, preservation or security.

Under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the tabernacle. Numbers 3.

The prisoner was committed to the custody of the sheriff.

2. Imprisonment; confinement; restraint of liberty.

3. Defense from a foe; preservation; security.

There was prepared a fleet of thirty ships fro the custody of the narrow seas.