What does the word asylum mean?

Usage examples for asylum

  1. There Stoddard promised Larry asylum and no questions asked. – The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson
  2. This surprised me so much that I turned round to see if Thornton really looked like a lunatic, but I got no satisfaction from him, for I had once seen a man who might have been his brother, and then I had been playing cricket against an asylum. – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate by Charles Turley
  3. It was the mate of the one which Yette had on when she was brought into the asylum, and which they had kept there. – Children of the Tenements by Jacob A. Riis