confine

[kuhn-fahyn for 1, 2, 5, 6; kon-fahyn for 3, 4]
verb (used with object), confined, confining.
1.
to enclose within bounds; limit or restrict: She confined her remarks to errors in the report. Confine your efforts to finishing the book.
2.
to shut or keep in; prevent from leaving a place because of imprisonment, illness, discipline, etc.: For that offense he was confined to quarters for 30 days.
noun
3.
Usually, confines. a boundary or bound; limit; border; frontier.
4.
Often, confines. region; territory.
5.
Archaic. confinement.
6.
Obsolete. a place of confinement; prison.

Origin:
1350–1400 for noun; 1515–25 for v.; (noun) Middle English < Middle French confins, confines < Medieval Latin confinia, plural of Latin confinis boundary, border (see con-, fine2); (v.) < Middle French confiner, verbal derivative of confins < Latin, as above

confinable, confineable, adjective
confineless, adjective
confiner, noun
nonconfining, adjective
preconfine, verb (used with object), preconfined, preconfining.
quasi-confining, adjective
reconfine, verb (used with object), reconfined, reconfining.
self-confining, adjective
unconfinable, adjective
unconfining, adjective


1. circumscribe.


1, 2. free.
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confine
 
vb
1.  to keep or close within bounds; limit; restrict
2.  to keep shut in; restrict the free movement of: arthritis confined him to bed
 
n
3.  (often plural) a limit; boundary
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin confīnāre from Latin confīnis adjacent, from fīnis end, boundary]
 
con'finable
 
adj
 
con'fineable
 
adj
 
'confineless
 
adj
 
con'finer
 
n

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confine
c.1400, from L. confinium (pl. confinia) "boundary, limit," from confine, neut. of confinis "bordering on," from com- "with" + finis "an end" (see finish). The noun is older in Eng.; verb sense of "keeping within limits" is from 1595.
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Example sentences
The green confines have seen many demonstrations, both for and against war.
Surfing broke out from the confines of a small eccentric subculture and grew
  into a pulsing fad.
Think of it as hunting-whenever you leave the confines of your camp, you should
  be ready and able to capture whatever pops up.
Within the confines of the course management system, yes my sites are
  accessible.
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