confine
Pronunciation
  • (verb) enPR: kənfīnʹ, IPA: /kənˈfaɪn/
  • (noun)
    • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒnfaɪn/
    • (America) enPR: känʹfīn, IPA: /ˈkɑnfaɪn/
Verb

confine (confines, present participle confining; past and past participle confined)

  1. (transitive) To restrict; to keep within bounds; to shut or keep in a limited space or area.
    • c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      Now let not nature's hand / Keep the wild flood confined! let order die!
    • He is to confine himself to the compass of numbers and the slavery of rhyme.
  2. To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; followed by on or with.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Where your gloomy bounds / Confine with heaven
    • Betwixt heaven and earth and skies there stands a place / Confining on all three.
Translations Noun

confine (plural confines)

  1. (mostly, in the plural) A boundary or limit.
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