confine definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • to help keep within bounds; limit: Kindly confine your remarks towards the problems at hand. See Synonyms at limitation.
    • To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
    • To limit in motion: The ill youngster ended up being confined to sleep.
    • To restrain within restrictions; to limit; to limit; to bound; to shut up; to inclose; to help keep near.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • Archaic To border.
    • To have a typical boundary; to border; to rest contiguous; to the touch; -- followed closely by on or with.
  • noun:
    • The restrictions of a space or location; the boundaries: within the confines of 1 county.
    • Restraining elements: wanted to escape the confines of corporate politics.
    • Purview; scope: a theory which really inside the confines of research.
    • Archaic A restriction.
    • Obsolete A prison.
    • Limit.
    • typical boundary; edge; limitation; -- used chiefly when you look at the plural.
    • Apartment; place of discipline; jail.
    • A boundary-line or limitation; bound; border; precinct.
    • That part of a territory which can be at or close to the border; the frontier: made use of usually inside plural, and often figuratively: because, the confines of France or of Scotland.
    • Territory; region; area.
    • An inhabitant of a contiguous region; a neighbor.
    • someplace of confinement; a prison.
    • In geom. of n-dimensions, that which corresponds to a closed amount in three dimensions.
  • verb:
    • To restrict; to help keep within bounds; to close or keep in a restricted space or area
    • close-in
    • deprive of freedom; simply take into confinement
    • restrict or confine,
    • to shut within bounds, restriction or hold-back from action
    • destination restricts on (level or access)
    • stop from leaving or from becoming eliminated
  • others:
    • Bordering; having a typical boundary; adjacent; contiguous.
    • to own a common boundary; edge; abut; communicate: followed closely by on or with.
    • To limit within bounds; limit; inclose; bound; hence, imprison; immure; shut up.
    • Synonyms To bound, circumscribe, restrict, incarcerate.

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