Retention Re*ten"tion, n. [L. retentio: cf. F. r['e]tention. See {Retain}.] 1. The act of retaining, or the state of being ratined. [1913 Webster]

2. The power of retaining; retentiveness. [1913 Webster]

No woman's heart So big, to hold so much; they lack retention. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. That which contains something, as a tablet; a ???? of preserving impressions. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. The act of withholding; retraint; reserve. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Place of custody or confinement. [1913 Webster]

6. (Law) The right of withholding a debt, or of retaining property until a debt due to the person claiming the right be duly paid; a lien. --Erskine. Craig. [1913 Webster]

{Retention cyst} (Med.), a cyst produced by obstruction of a duct leading from a secreting organ and the consequent retention of the natural secretions. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.