verb (used with object), con·fined, con·fin·ing.
Origin of confine
Synonyms for confine
Antonyms for confine
Related Words for confiningbounding
Examples from the Web for confining
Contemporary Examples of confining
The decision to leave the confining comforts of home this past November was “awful,” says Grace.The Westboro Defectors Speak: Phelps Granddaughters Embrace Tolerance
March 8, 2013
It is at once confining and infinitely sinuous, so at Biennale-time it abounds with situations I call Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!My Biennale Favorites
June 8, 2009
Historical Examples of confining
I am considering them apart, and confining myself wholly to the words of the song.The Conquest of Fear
Only yesterday we spoke of confining him, but poor old father pleaded not.In the Valley
I am confining myself to explaining how the "System" gets its money.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
Reuben began to complain that harnessmaking was too confining.The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know
Thomas Forsyth Hunt
Look around you, as here you may look, unhindered by any confining walls.The Singing Mouse Stories
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.