- [usually pl.] a boundary or bounded region; border; limit
- Old Poet. confinement
- Obs. a place of confinement
Origin of confineMiddle English confinies, plural from Old French confins, plural , a border, boundary from Classical Latin confinium (pl. confinia), boundary, limit from confinis, bordering on from com-, with + finis, an end: see finish
intransitive verb-·fined′, -·fin′ing
Origin of confineFr confiner < the n.
- to keep within limits; restrict: to confine a talk to ten minutes
- to keep shut up, as in prison, in bed because of illness, indoors, etc.