Definitions

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

  • noun plural The limits of a space or area; the borders.
  • noun plural Restraining elements.
  • noun plural Purview; scope.

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  • noun The borders or limits of an area.
  • noun Elements that restrain someone.
  • noun The scope or range of a subject.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of confine.

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

  • noun a bounded scope

Etymologies

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

[Old French confins, boundaries, from Latin cōnfīnia, pl. of cōnfīnium, boundary, from cōnfīnis, adjoining : com-, com- + fīnis, border.]

Examples

  • I agree she naturally can do that type but to only see her in those confines is a stretch. ericlarson

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  • THE one and only universal expert on everythring every where,. but especially within confines of a county or parish where there aint no God and the internet is for sissys .. yuk yuk

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  • Spin: He had a 5.80 ERA with the Dodgers, which goes to show that any pitcher in Petco Park's hurler-friendly confines is worth a flyer.

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  • The "Big Brother" TV show, which is called "Someone is Watching Us" in Turkish, confines a group of people to a house under the constant gaze of cameras.

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  • The 'Big Brother' TV show, which is called 'Someone is Watching Us' in Turkish, confines a group of people to a house under the constant gaze of cameras.

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  • Mr Finkelstein confines himself to commending their "brilliant" insights).

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  • Mr Finkelstein confines himself to commending their "brilliant" insights).

    Because criticism should be fair and factual

  • Generally, to throw listeners off the track, slang confines itself to adding to all the words of the language without distinction, an ignoble tail, a termination in aille, in orgue, in iergue, or in uche.

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  • Dr Finn, of Killaloe, in county Clare, was as well known in those parts — the confines, that is, of the counties Clare,

    Phineas Finn

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