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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Verb confine has 6 senses


confinev. t. [F. confiner to border upon, LL. confinare to set bounds to; con- + finis boundary, end. See Final, Finish.].
     To restrain within limits; to restrict; to limit; to bound; to shut up; to inclose; to keep close.  [1913 Webster]
    "Now let not nature's hand
    Keep the wild flood confined! let order die!
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "He is to confine himself to the compass of numbers and the slavery of rhyme."  [1913 Webster]
To be confined, to be in childbed.
Syn. -- To bound; limit; restrain; imprison; immure; inclose; circumscribe; restrict.
confinev. i. 
     To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; -- followed by on or with.  [1913 Webster]
    "Where your gloomy bounds
    Confine with heaven.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Bewixt heaven and earth and skies there stands a place.
    Confining on all three.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Common boundary; border; limit; -- used chiefly in the plural.  [1913 Webster]
    "Events that came to pass within the confines of Judea."  [1913 Webster]
    "And now in little space
    The confines met of empyrean heaven,
    And of this world.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "On the confines of the city and the Temple."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Apartment; place of restraint; prison.  [1913 Webster]
    "Confines, wards, and dungeons."  [1913 Webster]
    "The extravagant and erring spirit hies
    To his confine.
    "  [1913 Webster]


confine, v. & n.
--v.tr. (often foll. by in, to, within)
1 keep or restrict (within certain limits etc.).
2 hold captive; imprison.
--n. (usu. in pl.) a limit or boundary (within the confines of the town).

be confined be in childbirth.
(v.) f. F confiner, (n.) ME f. F confins (pl.), f. L confinia (as com-, finia neut. pl. f. finis end, limit)



arena, arrest, bar, bastille, be into, be strong in, block, border line, bottle up, bound, boundary, boundary condition, boundary line, bounds, bourn, box, box in, box up, break boundary, breakoff point, cabin, cage, casket, ceiling, check, cincture, circumference, circumscribe, circumscription, cloister, close, closet, coffin, compass, condition, constrain, constrict, contain, container, contract, coop, coop in, coop up, copyright, cork up, court, courtyard, cramp, crib, curtilage, cutoff, cutoff point, deadline, delay, delimit, delimitate, delimitation, delimited field, detain, determinant, dimensions, diminish, discipline, division line, drag, draw in, draw the line, encage, encase, enclave, enclose, enclosure, end, entomb, extent, extremity, feature, fence in, field, finish, floor, frontier, go in, go in for, ground, hedge, hedge about, hem, hem in, high-water mark, hinder, hold, hold back, hold in custody, hold in restraint, hold up, immure, impede, impound, incarcerate, inhibit, interface, intern, jail, jug, keep back, keep from spreading, keep in, keep in custody, keep in detention, keep within bounds, lag, limen, limit, limitation, limiting factor, limits, line, line of demarcation, list, localize, low-water mark, lower limit, major in, make late, march, mark, mete, mew, mew up, minor in, moderate, narrow, obstruct, orbit, pale, paling, park, patent, pen, pen up, periphery, pound, precincts, prison, purlieus, pursue, purview, quad, quadrangle, qualify, quod, radius, rail in, reach, register, restrain, restrict, retard, scant, scope, seal up, shackle, shut in, shut up, slacken, slow down, snape, specialize, specialize in, square, start, starting line, starting point, stay, stint, stop, straiten, sweep, taper, target date, term, terminal date, terminus, theater, threshold, tighten, time allotment, toft, upper limit, wall in, yard




VB restrain, check, put under restraint, lay under restraint, enthral, enthrall, inthral, inthrall, bethral, bethrall, restrict, debar, constrain, coerce, curb, control, hold back, hold from, hold in, hold in check, hold within bounds, keep back, keep from, keep in, keep in check, keep within bounds, hold in leash, hold in leading strings, withhold, keep under, repress, suppress, smother, pull in, rein in, hold, hold fast, keep a tight hand on, prohibit, inhibit, cohibit, enchain, fasten, fetter, shackle, entrammel, bridle, muzzle, hopple, gag, pinion, manacle, handcuff, tie one's hands, hobble, bind hand and foot, swathe, swaddle, pin down, tether, picket, tie down, tie up, secure, forge fetters, disable, hamstring (incapacitate), confine, shut up, shut in, clap up, lock up, box up, mew up, bottle up, cork up, seal up, button up, hem in, bolt in, wall in, rail in, impound, pen, coop, inclose, cage, incage, encage, close the door upon, cloister, imprison, immure, incarcerate, entomb, clap under hatches, lay under hatches, put in irons, put in a strait-waistcoat, throw into prison, cast into prison, put into bilboes, arrest, take up, take charge of, take into custody, take prisoner, take captive, make prisoner, make captive, captivate, lead captive, lead into captivity, send to prison, commit to prison, commit, give in charge, give in custody, subjugate.


VB circumscribe, limit, bound, confine, inclose, surround, compass about, imprison, hedge in, wall in, rail in, fence round, fence in, hedge round, picket, corral, enfold, bury, encase, incase, pack up, enshrine, inclasp, wrap up, embay, embosom, containment (inclusion).


N edge, verge, brink, brow, brim, margin, border, confine, skirt, rim, flange, side, mouth, jaws, chops, chaps, fauces, lip, muzzle, threshold, door, porch, portal, coast, shore, frame, fringe, flounce, frill, list, trimming, edging, skirting, hem, selvedge, welt, furbelow, valance, gimp, border, marginal, skirting, labial, labiated, marginated.


N limit, boundary, bounds, confine, enclave, term, bourn, verge, curbstone, but, pale, reservation, termination, terminus, stint, frontier, precinct, marches, backwoods, boundary line, landmark, line of demarcation, line of circumvallation, pillars of Hercules, Rubicon, turning point, ne plus ultra, sluice, floodgate, definite, conterminate, conterminable, terminal, frontier, bordering, thus far, thus far and no further, stick to the reservation, go beyond the pale, Special.

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