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 for Cloister
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cloister \Clois"ter\, n. [OF. cloistre, F. clo[^i]tre, L.
     claustrum, pl. claustra, bar, bolt, bounds, fr. claudere,
     clausum, to close. See Close, v. t., and cf. Claustral.]
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     1. An inclosed place. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     2. A covered passage or ambulatory on one side of a court;
        (pl.) the series of such passages on the different sides
        of any court, esp. that of a monastery or a college.
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              But let my due feet never fail
              To walk the studious cloister's pale. --Milton.
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     3. A monastic establishment; a place for retirement from the
        world for religious duties.
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              Fitter for a cloister than a crown.   --Daniel.
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     Cloister garth (Arch.), the garden or open part of a court
        inclosed by the cloisters.
     Syn: Cloister, Monastery, Nunnery, Convent, Abbey,
     Usage: Cloister and convent are generic terms, and denote a
            place of seclusion from the world for persons who
            devote their lives to religious purposes. They differ
            is that the distinctive idea of cloister is that of
            seclusion from the world, that of convent, community
            of living. Both terms denote houses for recluses of
            either sex. A cloister or convent for monks is called
            a monastery; for nuns, a nunnery. An abbey is a
            convent or monastic institution governed by an abbot
            or an abbess; a priory is one governed by a prior or a
            prioress, and is usually affiliated to an abbey.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cloister \Clois"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cloistered; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Cloistering.]
     To confine in, or as in, a cloister; to seclude from the
     world; to immure.
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           None among them are thought worthy to be styled
           religious persons but those that cloister themselves up
           in a monastery.                          --Sharp.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a
           monastery) [syn: religious residence, cloister]
      2: a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)
      v 1: surround with a cloister, as of a garden
      2: surround with a cloister; "cloister the garden"
      3: seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister; "She
         cloistered herself in the office"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  141 Moby Thesaurus words for "cloister":
     Easter sepulcher, abbey, access, adytum, aisle, alley, ambry,
     ambulatory, aperture, apse, arcade, areaway, artery, ashram,
     avenue, baptistery, blindstory, bottle up, box in, box up,
     breezeway, cabin, cage, casket, cell, chancel, channel, check,
     choir, cloisters, closet, coffin, colonnade, communication,
     conduit, confessional, confessionary, confine, connection,
     constrain, convent, coop, coop in, coop up, cork up, corridor,
     covered way, cramp, crib, crypt, defile, den, detain, diaconicon,
     diaconicum, encage, encase, enclose, entomb, exit, fence in, ferry,
     ford, friary, gallery, hall, hallway, hem in, hermitage, hideaway,
     hideout, hiding place, hold, hold in custody, hold in restraint,
     holy of holies, house, immure, impound, inhibit, inlet,
     interchange, intersection, ivory tower, junction, keep in,
     keep in custody, keep in detention, lair, lamasery, lane, loggia,
     mew, mew up, monastery, nave, nunnery, opening, outlet, overpass,
     pass, passage, passageway, pen, pen up, pergola, peristyle, porch,
     portico, pound, presbytery, priorate, priory, privacy, rail in,
     railroad tunnel, recess, restrain, restrict, retreat, rood loft,
     rood stair, rood tower, sacrarium, sacristy, sanctum,
     sanctum sanctorum, seal up, secret place, shackle, shut in,
     shut up, straiten, traject, trajet, transept, triforium, tunnel,
     underpass, vestry, wall in

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