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

  • n. A person confined indoors by illness or disability.
  • adj. Confined to a home or hospital, as by illness.
  • adj. Disposed to avoid social contact; excessively withdrawn or introverted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Confined to a location, as by infirmity or illness.
  • adj. Introverted.
  • n. A person confined to a location, as by illness or infirmity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An invalid, cripple, or convalescent who is confined to the house for a long time.
  • n. In physical geography, a narrow part of a valley which is elsewhere broadly open.

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

  • adj. confined usually by illness
  • adj. somewhat introverted
  • n. someone who is incapacitated by a chronic illness or injury


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