Variant of confine
- a boundary or bounded region; border; limit
- Old Poet. confinement
- Obsolete a place of confinement
Origin: Middle 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 plush finis, an end: see finish
Origin: Fr 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.
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.