[ kuh n-fahyn-muh nt ]
/ kənˈfaɪn mənt /


the act of confining.
the state of being confined.
the lying-in of a woman in childbed; accouchement; childbirth.
Military. incarceration in a guardhouse or prison while awaiting trial or as a punishment (distinguished from arrest).

Origin of confinement

1640–50; confine + -ment; compare French confinement

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British Dictionary definitions for confinement

/ (kənˈfaɪnmənt) /


the act of confining or the state of being confined
the period from the onset of labour to the birth of a child
physics another name for containment (def. 3)
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Medical definitions for confinement

[ kən-fīnmənt ]


The act of restricting or the state of being restricted in movement.
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