From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gaol \Gaol\ (j[=a]l), n. [See Jail.]
   A place of confinement, especially for minor offenses or
   provisional imprisonment; a jail. [Preferably, and in the
   United States usually, written jail.]
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   Commission of general gaol delivery, an authority conferred
      upon judges and others included in it, for trying and
      delivering every prisoner in jail when the judges, upon
      their circuit, arrive at the place for holding court, and
      for discharging any whom the grand jury fail to indict.

   Gaol delivery. (Law) See Jail delivery, under Jail.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jail \Jail\ (j[=a]l), n. [OE. jaile, gail, gayhol, OF. gaole,
   gaiole, jaiole, F. ge[^o]le, LL. gabiola, dim. of gabia cage,
   for L. cavea cavity, cage. See Cage.]
   A kind of prison; a building for the confinement of persons
   held in lawful custody, especially for minor offenses or with
   reference to some future judicial proceeding. [Written also
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         This jail I count the house of liberty.  --Milton.
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   Jail delivery, the release of prisoners from jail, either
      legally or by violence.

   Jail delivery commission. See under Gaol.

   Jail fever (Med.), typhus fever, or a disease resembling
      it, generated in jails and other places crowded with
      people; -- called also hospital fever, and ship fever.

   Jail liberties, or Jail limits, a space or district
      around a jail within which an imprisoned debtor was, on
      certain conditions, allowed to go at large. --Abbott.

   Jail lock, a peculiar form of padlock; -- called also
      Scandinavian lock.
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