CUSTODY, noun [Latin , 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 3:36.
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.