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confinement

[kuh n-fahyn-muh nt] /kənˈfaɪn mənt/
noun
1.
the act of confining.
2.
the state of being confined.
3.
the lying-in of a woman in childbed; accouchement; childbirth.
4.
Military. incarceration in a guardhouse or prison while awaiting trial or as a punishment (distinguished from arrest).
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; confine + -ment; compare French confinement
Related forms
nonconfinement, noun
postconfinement, noun
preconfinement, noun
self-confinement, noun
semiconfinement, noun
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Examples for confinement
  • Some of the problems with giant confinement systems are obvious.
  • The alternatives to over-structured activity are confinement in an apartment or playing in traffic.
  • Some say the stress of confinement can turn them violent.
  • Three volunteers agree to spend a week in solitary confinement.
  • confinement alone doesn't mean an animal is automatically worse off.
  • It's all done without government subsidies, cost-sharing, nutrient management plans or confinement livestock systems.
  • They were disproportionately held in disciplinary lockdown and often in solitary confinement.
  • Some told harrowing tales of their confinement for weeks under heavy artillery fire.
  • Organic standards forbid the continuous confinement of beef cattle on feedlots.
  • In prisons, solitary confinement is used as punishment.
British Dictionary definitions for confinement

confinement

/kənˈfaɪnmənt/
noun
1.
the act of confining or the state of being confined
2.
the period from the onset of labour to the birth of a child
3.
(physics) another name for containment (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for confinement
n.

1590s, from French confinement (16c.; the Old French word was confinacion), from confiner (see confine). As a euphemism for "childbed" it dates from 1774 (the Middle English expression was Our Lady's bands).

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confinement in Medicine

confinement con·fine·ment (kən-fīn'mənt)
n.

  1. The act of restricting or the state of being restricted in movement.

  2. Lying-in.

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