Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To keep within bounds; restrict: synonym: limit.
  • transitive verb To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
  • transitive verb To restrict in movement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A boundary-line or limit; bound; border; precinct.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Territory; region; district.
  • noun An inhabitant of a contiguous district; a neighbor.
  • noun A place of confinement; a prison.
  • noun In geom. of n-dimensions, that which corresponds to a closed volume in three dimensions.
  • 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.
  • Bordering; having a common boundary; adjacent; contiguous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Common boundary; border; limit; -- used chiefly in the plural.
  • noun obsolete Apartment; place of restraint; prison.
  • transitive verb To restrain within limits; to restrict; to limit; to bound; to shut up; to inclose; to keep close.
  • transitive verb to be in childbed.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; -- followed by on or with.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To restrict; to keep within bounds; to shut or keep in a limited space or area
  • noun Limit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb close in
  • verb deprive of freedom; take into confinement
  • verb restrict or confine,
  • verb to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
  • verb place limits on (extent or access)
  • verb prevent from leaving or from being removed

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French confiner, from Old French, from confins, boundaries; see confines.]

Examples

  • That a man should lay down his life for his friend seems strange to vulgar affections and such as confine themselves within that worldly principle, “Charity begins at home.”

    Religio Medici

  • Indeed, it is nowadays oddly daring for a real artistic talent (that is, one properly attentive to considerations of language and truthfulness) to "confine" itself to this task.

    New Fiction

  • Indeed, it is nowadays oddly daring for a real artistic talent (that is, one properly attentive to considerations of language and truthfulness) to "confine" itself to this task.

    New Fiction

  • Friend, seems strange to vulgar affections, and such as confine themselves within that Worldly principle, Charity begins at home.

    Religio Medici

  • That a man should lay down his life for his Friend, seems strange to vulgar affections, and such as confine themselves within that Worldly principle, Charity begins at home.

    The Second Part

  • He is correct in the assumption that the idea is to "confine" cyclists to their lane.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • He is every flabby inch the ramshackle roisterer, who announces the keynote of his unbuttoned, spilling-over performance in his spluttering rejection of the notion that he "confine"

    The Guardian World News

  • He is correct in the assumption that the idea is to "confine" cyclists to their lane.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • Calculations were based on the primary structural frame in both cases: HabiTek's post-and-beam steel frame; and for CMC, the concrete columns and beams used to "confine" masonry.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • I thought we were doing quite well when we managed to reduce the whole house clutter to 2 bedrooms 'worth (or was it' confine 'rather than' reduce '?) … … Either way, I appreciate you more each time I read your blog, and extend thanks that you are so willing to share your life insights and experience.

    The Cottage Smallholder

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