Confine

Definition of Confine

Con`fine´   Pronunciation: kǒn`fīn´
v. t.1.To restrain within limits; to restrict; to limit; to bound; to shut up; to inclose; to keep close.
[imp. & p. p. Confined ; p. pr. & vb. n. Confining.]
Now let not nature's hand
Keep the wild flood confined! let order die!
- Shak.
He is to confine himself to the compass of numbers and the slavery of rhyme.
- Dryden.
To be confined
to be in childbed.
v. i.1.To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; - followed by on or with.
Where your gloomy bounds
Confine with heaven.
- Milton.
Bewixt heaven and earth and skies there stands a place.
Confining on all three.
- Dryden.
n.1.Common boundary; border; limit; - used chiefly in the plural.
Events that came to pass within the confines of Judea.
- Locke.
And now in little space
The confines met of empyrean heaven,
And of this world.
- Milton.
On the confines of the city and the Temple.
- Macaulay.
2.Apartment; place of restraint; prison.
Confines, wards, and dungeons.
- Shak.
The extravagant and erring spirit hies
To his confine.
- Shak.

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