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padded cell

a room, as in a mental hospital, with padded walls for the confinement of violent inmates. Unabridged
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  • A few minutes later Doctor Jekyll—or rather Mr. Hyde—accompanied by three attendants, entered the padded cell.

    A Mind That Found Itself Clifford Whittingham Beers
  • During most of this time I was held also in seclusion in a padded cell.

    A Mind That Found Itself Clifford Whittingham Beers
  • For there is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • Except for the ticking of a clock the room was silent as a padded cell.

    Dope Sax Rohmer
  • Bob tried to chronicle his feelings in the padded cell, but he couldnt conjure up anything awful or harrowing.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • That was, so to speak, a conjuring-trick of a laying-box, which let the egg fall through a trap-door into a padded cell beneath.

  • Shir K'han padded up to his side and informed him that he would have to rest in a padded cell while the landing took place.

    Deepfreeze Robert Donald Locke
  • Another winter interned here,” wrote such a one, “and I shall need a padded cell.

  • I'd as soon talk to a man in a padded cell and a strait-jacket.

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
  • The theory of Edwards, who is now confined in a padded cell in the Tombs, is different.

British Dictionary definitions for padded cell

padded cell

a room, esp one in a mental hospital, with padded surfaces in which violent inmates are placed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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padded cell in Technology

Where you put lusers so they can't hurt anything. A program that limits a luser to a carefully restricted subset of the capabilities of the host system (for example, the "rsh" utility on USG Unix). Note that this is different from an iron box because it is overt and not aimed at enforcing security so much as protecting others (and the luser) from the consequences of the luser's boundless naivet'e (see naive). Also "padded cell environment".
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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