• WordNet 3.6
    • v restrain place limits on (extent or access) "restrict the use of this parking lot","limit the time you can spend with your friends"
    • v restrain hold back
    • v restrain 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 restrain to compel or deter by or as if by threats
    • v restrain keep under control; keep in check "suppress a smile","Keep your temper","keep your cool"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Restrain To draw back again; to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; to repress or suppress; to keep down; to curb. "Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature
      Gives way to in repose!"
    • Restrain To draw back toghtly, as a rein.
    • Restrain To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge. "Though they two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty."
    • Restrain To limit; to confine; to restrict. "Not only a metaphysical or natural, but a moral, universality also is to be restrained by a part of the predicate."
    • Restrain To withhold; to forbear. "Thou restrained prayer before God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • restrain To draw tight; strain.
    • restrain To hold back; hold in; check; confine; hold from action or motion, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; hence, to repress or suppress: as, to restrain a horse by a bridle; to restrain men from crimes and trespasses by laws; to restrain, laughter.
    • restrain To abridge; restrict; hinder from liberty of action.
    • restrain To limit; confine; restrict in definition.
    • restrain To withhold; forbear.
    • restrain To forbid; prohibit.
    • restrain Synonyms Restrain, Repress, Restrict; stop, withhold, curb, bridle, coerce. Restrain and repress are general words for holding or pressing back; restrict applies to holding back to a more definite degree: as, to restrain one's appetite; to restrict one's self in food or to a certain diet. That which we restrain we keep within limits; that which we restrict we keep within certain definite limits; that which we repress we try to put out of existence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Restrain rē-strān′ to hold back: to check: to withhold, to forbid: to hinder: to limit
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.”
  • Euripides
    “No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will.”
  • John Erskine
    John Erskine
    “Only if we can restrain ourselves is good conversation possible. Good talk rises upon much discipline.”
  • Martin Luther
    “If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Two purposes in human nature rule. Self-love to urge, and reason to restrain.”
  • Alexis De Tocqueville
    “The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. restreinen, F. restreindre, fr. L. restringere, restrictum,; pref. re-, re- + stringere, to draw, bind, or press together. See Strain (v. t.), and cf. Restrict
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. restraindre—L. restringĕre, restrictumre-, back, stringĕre, to draw tightly.


In literature:

Then, notwithstanding a movement which the Syndic made to restrain him, he pushed the door.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
I never could restrain the yearnings of my heart when they have been strong.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
And this time Mr. Bush did not attempt to restrain her.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
It was with the utmost difficulty that the men could be restrained from expressing their delight when they were given water and milk to drink.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
He would have dashed his fetters against his brow, but the chain restrained him.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
It was a way she had when she restrained some quick answer and Rimrock hastened on to explain.
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
Learn, I am not your wife that you should seek to restrain me, and it is quite possible that I never shall be.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
But at the same time I could not restrain a flush of shame.
"The Plum Tree" by David Graham Phillips
Hardly could he restrain the words of interrogation and denunciation that demanded utterance.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
But they were restrained.
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns" by Roger Thompson Finlay

In poetry:

Adieu ! Adieu then lovely Exile--
Down foolish heart ! these throbs restrain ;
On other shores I'll hail thy smile,
In brighter climes we meet again.
"The Lover's Departure" by Laura Sophia Temple
Adam. Restrain thy grief, thy tears! and suffer me,
(If it is true, thy soul desires my good,)
To speak to thee apart,
And I to thee will open all my thoughts.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 5." by William Cowper
Unto that love must we through fire attain,
Which those two held as breath of common air;
The hands of whom were given in bond elsewhere;
Whom Honour was untroubled to restrain.
"The Hueless Love" by George Meredith
But now before me undismayed, as if something should
That shy proud fear of my presence to hover away in
Fluttering close I saw thee, thou sail of the distance,
"The Black Swallow-Tail Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
Thy dream it was to win fair Finavair,
From Mave her beauteous daughter's hand to gain;
As soon might'st thou in the wide fields of air
The glancing sunbeam's swift-winged flight restrain.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
CLOTALDO. The accents of this voice, however weak,
To tell you to restrain
Your passions, if as King you wish to reign,--
Not to be cruel, though you deem
Yourself the lord of all, for all may be a dream.
"Life Is A Dream - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation filed a temporary restraining order this week in an attempt to block demolition of the Winans-Crippen House at 66 Franklin St.
ROME — Federal agents and police raided a children's dentistry practice in a northwest Georgia town, saying they were responding to complaints that patients were improperly restrained.
School bus driver accused of using tape to restrain 5-year-old.
District Judge Jay Zainey minutes ago granted a temporary restraining order to the Occupy NOLA movement, which had sought protection from the court under the First Amendment in a complaint filed yesterday.
Charges against Romero have not been announced, but officers said the restraining order was violated when he entered the home.
Passenger restrained on JWA-bound flight.
She was granted a restraining order against Howard last December (11) after claiming he hurt her during their short marriage.
On Thursday, a Boston judge lifted a temporary restraining order that had barred the police from evicting the group.
Restraining order issued against Jones' ex-husband .
A northern Kentucky judge has issued a restraining order preventing the ex-husband of former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones from coming near her.
Debbie's other daughter filed a similar restraining order.
It turns out, Herreria had 11 felony warrants and 7 of those were violation's of restraining orders and one on terroristic threats.
Halle Berry's ex gets restraining order against her fiance .
Halle Berry's Ex Obtains Restraining Order Against Her Fiance .
Halle Berry's Ex Obtains Restraining Order Against Her Fiance.

In science:

From now on, we wil l assume that K is restrained (besides being a definably complete expansion of an ordered field).
Expansions of the reals which do not define the natural numbers
Remember that R is a restrained expansion of the real field.
Expansions of the reals which do not define the natural numbers
Assume that hR, E i does not define N (thus, hR, E i is restrained).
Expansions of the reals which do not define the natural numbers
Since we assumed that E is closed and 0-dimensional and hR, E i is restrained, we have that dim(f (E n )) = 0; thus, f (E n ) is nowhere dense, and we are done.
Expansions of the reals which do not define the natural numbers
Notice that we have little control on general definable functions: there are examples of restrained expansions of R which define a function f : R → R whose graph is dense in R2 , and such that f is discontinuous at every point: see [vdD98a, p. 62].
Expansions of the reals which do not define the natural numbers