• WordNet 3.6
    • v confine place limits on (extent or access) "restrict the use of this parking lot","limit the time you can spend with your friends"
    • v confine restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
    • v confine to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains","About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade","The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center","The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
    • v confine prevent from leaving or from being removed
    • v confine deprive of freedom; take into confinement
    • v confine close in; darkness enclosed him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The game of squash originated in the United Kingdom. It came about after a few boys, who were waiting for their turn to play racquets, knocked a ball around in a confined area adjoining the racquets court
    • Confine Apartment; place of restraint; prison. "Confines , wards, and dungeons.""The extravagant and erring spirit hies
      To his confine ."
    • Confine Common boundary; border; limit; -- used chiefly in the plural. "Events that came to pass within the confines of Judea.""And now in little space
      The confines met of empyrean heaven,
      And of this world."
      "On the confines of the city and the Temple."
    • v. i Confine To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; -- followed by on or with. "Where your gloomy bounds Confine with heaven.""Bewixt heaven and earth and skies there stands a place. Confining on all three."
    • v. t Confine kŏn*fīn" To restrain within limits; to restrict; to limit; to bound; to shut up; to inclose; to keep close. "Now let not nature's hand
      Keep the wild flood confined ! let order die!"
      "He is to confine himself to the compass of numbers and the slavery of rhyme."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal to take more than 2 baths a month within Boston confines.
    • confine Bordering; having a common boundary; adjacent; contiguous.
    • n confine A boundary-line or limit; bound; border; precinct.
    • n confine That part of a territory which is at or near the border; the frontier: used generally in the plural, and often figuratively: as, the confines of France or of Scotland.
    • n confine Territory; region; district.
    • n confine An inhabitant of a contiguous district; a neighbor.
    • n confine A place of confinement; a prison.
    • n confine In geom. of n-dimensions, that which corresponds to a closed volume in three dimensions. Synonyms Bounds, Border, etc. See boundary.
    • confine To have a common boundary; border; abut; be in contact: followed by on or with.
    • confine To restrict within bounds; limit; inclose; bound; hence, imprison; immure; shut up.
    • confine Synonyms To bound, circumscribe, restrict, incarcerate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Confine kon′fīn border, boundary, or limit—generally in pl.: (kon-fīn′) confinement:
    • v.t Confine to border; to be adjacent to: to limit, enclose: to imprison
    • n Confine kon′fīn (Shak.) a prison
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  • Michel Foucault
    “The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the outlaw, the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order.”
  • Italo Calvino
    “The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Never try to define love. Once defined love is confined. Once confined -- It dies.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. confiner, to border upon, LL. confinare, to set bounds to; con-, + finis, boundary, end. See Final Finish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. confiner—L. confinis, bordering—con, together, finis, the end.


In literature:

A true gentleman will never confine his attentions exclusively to one lady unless he has an intention of marriage.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
These, attentions are not, however, confined to feeding.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
Are these delusions confined to any one subject?
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
When the womb and the ovaries are affected there is much suffering and the woman may be confined to bed for some years.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
His wife had been overtaken by a premature confinement, and was suffering acutely.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
Just why the monastery gates had opened to him after two years' deadening confinement, Jose had not been apprised.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
My range of food has been confined.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
Why should not small children be confined in one position for a long time?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
He confines himself to the concrete and tangible.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
The colors used in finishing and decorating are confined to reds, blacks, and purple grays.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
Most of the prisoners speak thus while in confinement.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
His worship of the Muse was not so simple or confined.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
After that, we were marched to the barracks and put into close confinement.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
Peter de la Mare was confined at Nottingham, where he remained two years.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
In confinement it can be taught to whistle a variety of tunes, and even to imitate the human voice.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
It was the key of the room in which Henry was confined.
"Marguerite de Valois" by Alexandre Dumas
Nevertheless, confine your eagerness to serve Her Majesty within proper bounds.
"William Shakespeare as he lived." by Henry Curling
During eight years he was confined in several Austrian prisons.
"The Village Notary" by József Eötvös
The father had her put in prison, confined in a room very high up.
"Basque Legends" by Wentworth Webster

In poetry:

We overrule and overteach,
We curb and we confine,
And put the heart to school too soon,
To learn our narrow line.
"Children" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Still to our humble home confin'd,
Must rural tasks employ
A nymph to shine in courts design'd,
And brighten ev'ry joy.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
Almighty God, cut short his power,
Let him in darkness dwell
And that he vex the earth no more,
Confine him down to hell.
"Hymn 156" by Isaac Watts
Though here to narrow bounds confin'd,
Ordain'd to lowly views,
For ever free, the virtuous mind
Her glorious path pursues:
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
`There came from me a sigh of pain
Which I could ill confine;
I looked at her, and looked again:
And did not wish her mine!'
"The Two April Mornings" by William Wordsworth
"Then go, my love," she smiling said,
"Thy will is ever mine;
From friends and pleasures I would not
Thee ever thus confine."
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Lake residents oppose new hog confinement.
About 1,000 Asian men who were hired by a Kuwaiti subcontractor to the US military have been confined for as long as three months in windowless warehouses near the Baghdad airport without money or a place to work.
Will Pakistanis Confine Themselves to a 'Monstrous Sulk '.
What the judge said to the jury was confined to that aspect of the trial, which was, of course, the reason why there was a trial, and a judge and jury to try it-the fact that young Mr Scopes had broken a law of the state of Tennessee.
Unfortunately, Chicago politics isn't just confined to the voting wards of Chicago.
Swingers do not stay confined with a single partner.
In the first two rounds of the Class 5-A playoffs, the John Hardin Bulldogs haven't had to leave the friendly confines of Bulldog Stadium.
Once an art form confined to frat houses, Upper West Side beer bars, and New Yorker cartoons, taxidermy has made its way into restaurants all over town.
We humans are social animals, for whom solitary confinement is a punishment.
Lupas to be confined for competency test.
The over-the-top shopping day after Thanksgiving, known as "Black Friday," has gotten so big that it's not really confined to Friday any more.
The new Anti-Collision System (ACS) from Wattman Trains and Trams improves the safety of the general public when the train is used in busy or confined areas.
On Capitol Hill and well beyond the confines of Washington, government contracting executives are taking their concerns to Congress – and employees are fretting within their offices and homes – about the "doomsday" prospects of sequestration.
Some years ago, confined to an office through work obligations but dreaming of farming, I spent more time than I should have surfing the Internet in search of agriculture and back-to-the-land related sites.
I'm well aware there is war fatigue back home and news of Afghanistan is confined to a few paragraphs on the inside pages of newspapers, if at all.

In science:

To finish the discussion of the single qubit operation we note that, when a resonant microwave pulse is applied to a single confined electron to change its hydrogenic state, the presence of ripplons influences the electron resonant response in a non-trivial way.
Quantum Computing Using Electrons Floating on Liquid Helium
Henceforth in this letter, we confine the discussion to the M and S classes of GRBs.
Primordial Black Holes and the Asymmetrical Distribution of Short GRB Events
This new and very promising result need further experiment in order to bring addit ional informat ion onto the energy confinement issues required to burning plasma exper iment.
Plasma turbulence measured by fast sweep reflectometry on TORE SUPRA
The deep absorption features arise in the torus that confines the outflow.
First Fruits of the Spitzer Space Telescope: Galactic and Solar System Studies
Fig.11 describes examples of reaction schemes. Chemical states of Cdc14 are distinguished by its location whether Cdc14 is confined in the nucleolus with X = (inside) or diffuses over cytoplasm with X = utside).
Stable stochastic dynamics in yeast cell cycle
This implies that the gQsQl lattice modes−promoting mode coupling terms are too small to affect the energy balance; this holds better at low temperatures. (iii) Adopting a coupling scheme confined to the linear, second-order and third-order terms thereby neglecting the dots in (3).
Off-center impurity in alkali halides: reorientation, electric polarization and pairing to F center. I. Basic equations
Fig. 7b) over the area in which localisation is confined.
A study of localisation in dual-phase high-strength steels under dynamic loading using digital image correlation and FE analysis
FIGURE 1 . A schematic diagram illustrating the characteristic times associated w ith co lor confinement for the case of deep inelastic scatter ing.
Studies of Parton Propagation and Hadron Formation in the Space-Time Domain
Ghabezloo et al. . The triaxial cell used in this study can sustain a confining pressure up to 60 MPa.
Evaluation of a permeability-porosity relationship in a low permeability creeping material using a single transient test
Most studies of acid mine drainage are confined to points where water has reached the surface.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
For simplicity we omit the second independent thermodynamical variable. h As far as I can gather Ref.13 is the first application of the hydrodynamical model in which a realistic EOS with a variable velocity of sound was used (one of the variants considered included also the influence of confinement on the QGP EOS) .
Surprises from the search for quark-gluon plasma? When was quark-gluon plasma seen?
The experiments are provided by the effective length of the QPC inserted, 0.2 μm, and the cross section of the 1D channel, 2 nm × 2 nm, which is determined by the width of the Si-QW and the lateral confinement due to ferroelectric properties for the δ – barriers.
Fractional form of the 0.7(2e2/h) feature
Magnetic traps are devices which are capable of confining a high-temperature plasma for a sufficiently long time within a limited volume and which are described in Artsimovich L.A., "Closed Plasma Configurations", Moscow, Atomizdat, 1969.
Method of Forming Stable States of Dense High-Temperfature Plasma
Confinement of the beam to the area corresponding to full transmission (i.e., to the aperture of the device).
Collimator effects in proton planning
Matter 7, 7163 (1995). 10 A.N. Morozovska, E.A. Eliseev, and M.D. Glinchuk, Ferroelectricity enhancement in confined nanorods: Direct variational method.
Surface and size effect on fluctuations correlation in nanoparticles with long-range order