con·​fined kən-ˈfīnd How to pronounce confined (audio)
: kept within confines: such as
: limited to a particular location
confined to bed
: held captive
confined prisoners
: very small
confined spaces
a confined compartment
dated : undergoing childbirth
In Scotland, the Countess of Athole, who was lying-in at Edinburgh Castle near the similarly confined Mary, Queen of Scots, is reported to have cast her own birth pangs onto a waiting-woman in the queen's chamber.Michael Olmert

Examples of confined in a Sentence

She gets uncomfortable in confined spaces. confined citizens have basic rights under that nation's constitution
Recent Examples on the Web She's even become so accustomed to the city that her favorite method of transportation is the subway, even though many celebrities of her stature wouldn't want to trap themselves in a confined, often crowded space. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 The change in color depends on how electrons act differently in more confined or less confined spaces. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 4 Oct. 2023 By collecting data on the big cats, the Olympic Cougar Project is bolstering the case for constructing a wildlife overpass over I-5 so that the species is less confined. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Aug. 2023 Many changes for him are happening in a confined, immediate-impact space of the field. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 3 Aug. 2023 And the seawalls the Army Corps is proposing for the area could serve to make residents feel all the more confined. Geoff Dembicki, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2023 The native range of the muskellunge, on the other hand, is more confined, covering all the northern Midwest states, Great Lakes and their shorelines, Northeastern Canada, and the Ohio River Valley all the way into Tennessee. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 19 July 2023 According to the team, some of the limitations of this study include keeping the snake pairs in very confined spaces and not examining whether a stress buffering response occurs when the animals are close, but not in physical contact with each other. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 6 July 2023 The technique aims to force defects to form in such a confined space that working devices can be constructed little more than 100 nm above the interface with the underlying silicon. Roel Baets, IEEE Spectrum, 8 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


from past participle of confine entry 2

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of confined was in 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Confined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


con·​fined kən-ˈfīnd How to pronounce confined (audio)
: undergoing childbirth

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