World English Dictionary
padded cell
a room, esp one in a mental hospital, with padded surfaces in which violent inmates are placed

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Computing Dictionary

padded cell definition

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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Example sentences
Also included in those cells is a padded cell, this is comprised of rubber walls and ceiling with no furniture.
Besides the regular cell blocks, there is also a padded cell and a drunk tank.
Last night she was so violent that she had to be placed in a padded cell.
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