American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To keep within bounds; restrict: Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand. See Synonyms at limit.
- v. To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
- v. To restrict in movement: The sick child was confined to bed.
- v. Archaic To border.
- n. The limits of a space or area; the borders: within the confines of one county.
- n. Restraining elements: wanted to escape the confines of corporate politics.
- n. Purview; scope: a theory that is well within the confines of science.
- n. Archaic A restriction.
- n. Obsolete A prison.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bordering; having a common boundary; adjacent; contiguous.
- n. A boundary-line or limit; bound; border; precinct.
- n. That part of a territory which is at or near the border; the frontier: used generally in the plural, and often figuratively: as, the confines of France or of Scotland.
- n. Territory; region; district.
- n. An inhabitant of a contiguous district; a neighbor.
- n. A place of confinement; a prison.
- n. In geom. of n-dimensions, that which corresponds to a closed volume in three dimensions. Synonyms Bounds, Border, etc. See
- To have a common boundary; border; abut; be in contact: followed by on or with.
- To restrict within bounds; limit; inclose; bound; hence, imprison; immure; shut up.
- Synonyms To bound, circumscribe, restrict, incarcerate.
- v. transitive To restrict; to keep within bounds; to shut or keep in a limited space or area
- n. Limit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To restrain within limits; to restrict; to limit; to bound; to shut up; to inclose; to keep close.
- v. obsolete To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; -- followed by
- n. Common boundary; border; limit; -- used chiefly in the plural.
- n. obsolete Apartment; place of restraint; prison.
- v. close in
- v. deprive of freedom; take into confinement
- v. restrict or confine,
- v. to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
- v. place limits on (extent or access)
- v. prevent from leaving or from being removed
- French confiner, from Old French, from confins, boundaries, ultimately from Latin cōnfīne, from neuter of cōnfīnis, adjoining : com-, com- + fīnis, border. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Friend, seems strange to vulgar affections, and such as confine themselves within that Worldly principle, Charity begins at home.”
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