Variant of confine
- a boundary or bounded region; border; limit
- Old Poet. confinement
- Obsolete 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 verbconfined, confining
Rare to border (on) or be contiguous (with or to another region)
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.
to be undergoing childbirth