verb (used with object), con·fined, con·fin·ing.
Origin of confine
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|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Elizabeth Heideman|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the book, you stay pretty much within the confines of Watergate, right?
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|Amana Fontanella-Khan|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So then my parents just allowed me to express myself creatively—but only in the confines of my bedroom.Brie Larson On ‘Short Term 12,’ One of the Year’s Best Films|Marlow Stern|August 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This race dwells on the confines of Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil.The Human Race|Louis Figuier
I have said that the moral nature of man leads him to look beyond the confines of the material world.The Moral and Intellectual Diversity of Races|Arthur, comte de Gobineau
But a large, if not the larger part of William's property, lay without the confines of the Netherlands.History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain.|William H. Prescott
Oropus has frequently been a subject of contention, for it is situated on the confines of Attica and Bœotia.
After he had said that, he threw the spear within their confines.The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08|Titus Livius
verb (kənˈfaɪn) (tr)
Word Origin for confine
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.