semiconfinement

confinement

[kuhn-fahyn-muhnt]
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:
1640–50; confine + -ment; compare French confinement

nonconfinement, noun
postconfinement, noun
preconfinement, noun
self-confinement, noun
semiconfinement, noun
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confinement (kənˈfaɪnmənt)
 
n
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

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confinement
1590s, from Fr. confinement (16c.), from confiner (see confine). As a euphemism for "childbed" it dates from 1774 (the M.E. expression was Our Lady's bands).
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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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