• WordNet 3.6
    • n confinement the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them
    • n confinement the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary) "the restriction of the infection to a focal area"
    • n confinement the state of being confined "he was held in confinement"
    • n confinement concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child "she was in labor for six hours"
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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
    • Confinement Restraint within doors by sickness, esp. that caused by childbirth; lying-in.
    • Confinement Restraint within limits; imprisonment; any restraint of liberty; seclusion. "The mind hates restraint, and is apt to fancy itself under confinement when the sight is pent up."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal to take more than 2 baths a month within Boston confines.
    • n confinement The state of being confined; restraint within limits; any restraint of liberty by force or other obstacle or necessity; hence, imprisonment.
    • n confinement Restraint from going abroad by sickness, specifically by childbirth; the lying-in of a woman: as, her approaching confinement. Synonyms Imprisonment, etc. See captivity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Confinement state of being shut up: restraint: imprisonment: restraint from going abroad by sickness, and esp. of women in childbirth
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  • Joseph Addison
    “Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.”
  • Roger Lewis
    Roger Lewis
    “I think that one of the qualifications of artists should be a vow of celibacy. They should be confined to ruining only their own lives.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    “A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.”
  • 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.”
  • Joseph De Maistre
    “In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, scope is restricted, movements are labored, and results are humdrum.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. confiner—L. confinis, bordering—con, together, finis, the end.


In literature:

These are confined mainly to India and China.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
His expeditions by deputy were themselves confined to the part which is now North Carolina.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
When she is confined to her cell, how does she ascertain the presence of others?
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
The decemvirs did not confine themselves to passing oppressive laws.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Anything being confined, so that it cannot be freed without trouble and force; the term is also applied to the act of confining it.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The house itself was about thirty yards from the nearest side of the corral, or enclosure, in which Farron's horses were confined.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
The bees were confined four days in the closest manner, and then I found forty young larvae.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
She was confined in a shed, which was separated from another by a wooden partition some feet high.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
Sixteen Huguenot women confined there in 1686 died within five months.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Attention should be confined to the main target until substantial reason for change is apparent.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
It originated in ancient times, and was at first confined to seaport towns which had ships.
"Charles I" by Jacob Abbott
The hospital does not confine itself to service in its building alone, but sends its workers wherever called, to mansion or tenement.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
But it was far from being confined to the intelligent.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
Of these the boomerang is the most singular, being an invention confined to the Australians.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
But Frau Kablick's interest in nature was not confined to plants.
"Woman in Science" by John Augustine Zahm
His oppressions were not confined to the serfs, but extended to the nobility.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery - Volume 3 (of 4)" by John Charles Dent
Henceforth, children, confine your rambles within the limits of the park.
"The White Gauntlet" by Mayne Reid
I was confined, for fear I might be pitched over-board; but I felt no inclination to join in the general upheaval.
"Memoirs of Orange Jacobs" by Orange Jacobs
They confined themselves to refusing this hopeless legacy.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
Let us confine our thought strictly within its proper limits.
"Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good" by Victor Cousin

In poetry:

Should I give ear to rotten dust,
Or to the tombs confine my trust;
No resurrection can I see,
For dust that flies into mine eye.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
Give but a grain of the heart's rich seed,
Confine some undercover,
And when love goes, bid him God-speed,
and find another lover.
"Song In Spite Of Myself" by Countee Cullen
His words are rapid in their flow,
Confined to neither high nor low,
But of that modulated form
Which always tempers to the storm.
"Tribute To Rev. William Paul Quinn" by James Madison Bell
Oh! ever keep thy native ease,
By no pedantic law confined;
For Laura's voice is form'd to please,
So Laura's words be not unkind.
"Ode to a Young Lady" by William Shenstone
As a water in January the frost confines,
Thy kings bound thee;
As a water in April is, in the new-blown vines,
Thy sons made free.
"Super Flumina Babylonis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"What honour bids I'll do for thee--
My huntsman shall be thine;
While still our loves, voluptuous free,
No shackles shall confine."
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Built to work comfortably in the confines of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway they must also have enough power to handle the distances and currents of the Mississippi.
Police in Pakistan halted an opposition protest Tuesday and confined its organizer, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, to her home.
The old-line realists fear that the neocons have lost themselves in fantasies of transformation traditionally confined to the left.
All that structure and all that plot may keep the audience interested, but some say they confine creativity.
Virginia lawmakers finally got an answer from the Justice Department on whether it will investigate the practice of solitary confinement at state prisons.
In June, while running an errand for her mistress, she exchanged harsh words with Sarah Good, an accused witch from Salem, confined to jail in Boston.
Many small woodworking and restoration shops are confined (or confine themselves) to local home centers and paint stores for all their finishing supplies.
For all the offerings of the newly opened West Waco Library and Genealogy Center, the feature that most impressed us Saturday was the elbow room, especially after years of tight confines at nearby R.B.
If the rust is confined to the sub frame only, once the sub frame is replaced then the car should be fine.
Unlike the days when their mothers and troop leaders donned their sashes and vests, modern Girl Scouts are not confined to learning cooking, sewing and first aid.
The 12-gauge shotgun in its many forms is arguably the most universal home defense and short-range tactical weapon in the American arsenal for the simple reason that it totally dominates the space in its confined, 25-yard world.
Researchers say their findings challenge previous theories that people's awareness of their own feelings and behaviors was confined to just three specific areas of the brain.
The parcel is located off of Moore Road and Old Plank Road and is part of 677 acres , or one square mile, of consent judgment properties, but the unpaid assessment was confined to that one parcel.
The architect 's attorney is recommending a sentence of one year of home confinement.
So confined to its borders was I that I could scarcely imagine crossing the East River to visit the magical island of Manhattan.

In science:

The major role of the “embedding” is that it does not allow overlapping of the successive excursions and therefore prevents growing of the excursion amplitude to an arbitrary size. So, the “embedding” permanently “holds” the trajectories confined in a finite attractor.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
From it, mass appears as an outcome of the electric charge confined dynamics, which shapes the structure of all elementary particles (1,7).
Nature and Quantization of the Proton Mass: An Electromagnetic Model
However, at the moment we confine ourselves with examination of the point mass model.
Non-metric Generalizations of Relativistic Gravitational Theory and Observational Data Interpretation
Within the last two decades, a great deal of interest has been focused onto the expectancy of new phenomena arising as a consequence of the reduction of the spatial scale of a liquid if confined within materials having pore sizes within the few nanometers range .
Collective excitations in liquid D2 confined within the mesoscopic pores of a MCM-41 molecular sieve
The data for the confined liquid shown in the upper frame of Fig. 4 display consistently larger values that those corresponding to the bulk liquid.
Collective excitations in liquid D2 confined within the mesoscopic pores of a MCM-41 molecular sieve
FIG. 3. (Color online) A sample of spectra corresponding to bulk liquid D2 (left frames), liquid D2 confined within MCM-41 pores and P/P0=0.32 (middle frames), and those arising from the empty MCM-41 (right frames).
Collective excitations in liquid D2 confined within the mesoscopic pores of a MCM-41 molecular sieve
FIG. 4. (Color online) The upper frame depicts the measured ΩQ for the bulk liquid (open circles) and the confined fluid solid lozenges. Solid lines correspond to parametric expressions for the dispersion (see text) and the dashed lines about the minima of both curves show fits to parabolae (see text).
Collective excitations in liquid D2 confined within the mesoscopic pores of a MCM-41 molecular sieve
FIG. 5. (Color online)Wave-vector dependence of the quasielastic linewidths ∆ωq.el(Q) for the bulk (open circles) and confined (filled lozeges) liquids.
Collective excitations in liquid D2 confined within the mesoscopic pores of a MCM-41 molecular sieve
In the examples below we confine ourselves to simple cases dealing with just a few primes.
Period of the d-Sequence Based Random Number Generator
Within the confines of mobile content sharing we consider two major methodologies, namely mobile ad-hoc networks and overlay networks.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
Load within the network is not unduly confined to one point in the system.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
In the case where the interval was too large messages were confined to a portion of the path of peers.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
NCs) it was suggested that quantum confinement effects are important (7), enlarging Coulomb coupling and enabling a “phonon bottleneck” phenomenon that reduces the rates of electronic excitation decay.
Theory of multiexciton generation in semiconductor nanocrystals
In InAs the strong confinement makes gE highly sensitive to size causing a reduced sensitivity of the DOTS as a function of the scaled energy.
Theory of multiexciton generation in semiconductor nanocrystals
The absorption of the adjacent vacuum results in the empty space superimposed with the adjacent zero space, confining the matter in the form of particle.
The vacuum interpretation of quantum mechanics and the vacuum universe