- the cleaning and keeping clean of a camp, post, station, etc.
- the condition of a camp, post, station, etc., with reference to cleanliness.
verb (used with object), po·liced, po·lic·ing.
- poli sci,
- police action,
- police car,
- police court,
- police dog,
- police force
Origin of police
Examples from the Web for police
Police officials told the AP that they came out with guns blazing.
Smith attended both funerals as a cop and as the husband of Police Officer Moira Smith, who died on 9/11.
But along with the cartoon funk is an all-too-real story of police brutality embodied by a horde of evil Pigs.
“The Wizard of Watts is not just about police brutality,” he says.
A Charlie Hebdo reporter said that security provision had been relaxed in the last month or so and the police car disappeared.
The troops had moved on, save the detail singled for police duty.The Rustler of Wind River|G. W. Ogden
They were quickly taken to private rooms, where the captain was attended by a police surgeon.The Captain's Toll-Gate|Frank R. Stockton
When the waiter returned to the hotel with the police the officer had vanished; and you were there with your own passport.Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress|George Bernard Shaw
Another policeman tried to coax me to drive the team down to the police station.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail|Ezra Meeker
You know that duelling of any sort is strictly prohibited by the police.An American Girl in Munich|Mabel W. Daniels
- the police the organized civil force of a state, concerned with maintenance of law and order, the detection and prevention of crime, etc
- (as modifier)a police inquiry
- the regulation and control of a community, esp in regard to the enforcement of law, the prevention of crime, etc
- the department of government concerned with this
Word Origin for police
Until mid-19c. used in England for "civil administration;" application to "administration of public order" (1716) is from French (late 17c.), and originally in English referred to France or other foreign nations. The first force so-named in England was the Marine Police, set up 1798 to protect merchandise at the Port of London. Police state "state regulated by means of national police" first recorded 1865, with reference to Austria. Police action in the international sense of "military intervention short of war, ostensibly to correct lawlessness" is from 1933. Police officer is attested from 1800. Police station is from 1817.
"to keep order in," 1580s, from Middle French policer, from police (see police (n.)). Meaning "to keep order by means of police" is from 1837. Related: Policed; policing.