- The limits of a space or area; the borders: within the confines of one county.
- Restraining elements: wanted to escape the confines of corporate politics.
- Purview; scope: a theory that is well within the confines of science.
Origin of confinesOld French confins boundaries from Latin cōnfīnia pl. of cōnfīnium boundary from cōnfīnis adjoining com- com- fīnis border