confinement

[kuh n-fahyn-muh nt]

noun

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).

Nearby words

  1. configure,
  2. confine,
  3. confined,
  4. confinedly,
  5. confinee,
  6. confirm,
  7. confirmand,
  8. confirmation,
  9. confirmation bias,
  10. confirmation hearings

Origin of confinement

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

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British Dictionary definitions for confinement

confinement

noun

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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Word Origin and History for confinement

confinement

n.

1590s, from French confinement (16c.; the Old French word was confinacion), from confiner (see confine). As a euphemism for "childbed" it dates from 1774 (the Middle English expression was Our Lady's bands).

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Medicine definitions for confinement

confinement

[kən-fīnmənt]

n.

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

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