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  • n. A person who lives on or within the confines; an inhabitant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, limits or restrains.
  • n. One who lives on confines, or near the border of a country; a borderer; a near neighbor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which confines.
  • n. 2 (kon′ fī- or kon-fi′ nėr). [⟨ confine, v.i., + -er. Cf. confine, n, 4.] A borderer; one who lives on the confines or near the border of a country; a neighbor.


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