- to enclose within bounds; limit or restrict: She confined her remarks to errors in the report. Confine your efforts to finishing the book.
- to shut or keep in; prevent from leaving a place because of imprisonment, illness, discipline, etc.: For that offense he was confined to quarters for 30 days.
Origin of confine
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Examples from the Web for confines
It exists only in his memory, so he retreats into the confines of his mind.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
Within the confines of the Internet, this little girl exists only to make us feel better about ourselves.Gabby Giffords and the Problem with ‘Inspiration Porn’
September 24, 2014
In the book, you stay pretty much within the confines of Watergate, right?What the Archives Say About Nixon
August 8, 2014
Most rapes, however, are perpetrated by acquiantances—often husbands—and take place within the confines of the home.Marital Rape Ruling Highlights India’s Problem With Consent
May 18, 2014
Sure, I believe gay folks who want to get married within the current confines should of course have that right.What’s Next for Gay Rights in 2014?
January 1, 2014
In front the day-break was bursting the confines of the bleak racks of cloud.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
It was easy to swim like this beyond the confines of life looking at a star.
There came a moment when it seemed to him that he must have swum beyond the confines of life.
He said, voice muffled by the confines of the plastic helmet, "Who are you?"Acid Bath
We can not possibly break from the confines of our three dimensional world.The 4-D Doodler
- to keep or close within bounds; limit; restrict
- to keep shut in; restrict the free movement ofarthritis confined him to bed
- (often plural) a limit; boundary
Word Origin and History for confines
c.1400, "boundary, limit" (usually as confines), from Old French confins "boundaries," from Medieval Latin confines, from Latin confinium (plural confinia) "boundary, limit," from confine, neuter of confinis "bordering on, having the same boundaries," from com- "with" (see com-) + finis "an end" (see finish (n.)).
1520s, "to border on," from Middle French confiner, from confins (n.); see confine (n.). Sense of "keeping within limits" is from 1590s. Related: Confined; confining.