con·​fined | \ kən-ˈfīnd How to pronounce confined (audio) \

Definition of confined

1 : kept within confines: such as
a : limited to a particular location confined to bed
b : held captive confined prisoners
2 : very small confined spaces a confined compartment
3 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 Large humidifiers that are best for the whole house, like AIRCARE Whole-House Humidifier can cover up to 2,400 square feet—while smaller, portable options and single room humidifiers are great for more confined spaces, like the car or your bedroom., 5 Nov. 2021 The moves are a recognition that the US military has to be prepared for the contingencies that the biggest land war in Europe since World War II may not remain confined to Ukraine’s borders. Barbara Starr, CNN, 9 Mar. 2022 More confined voters live in counties won by Trump than Biden, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review found last year. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2021 Today, many of us are less confined to our homes, or at least have figured out better uses of our time since the extraordinary circumstances of last spring became rather more ordinary. Caroline Framke, Variety, 17 Nov. 2021 The outbreak of Covid-19 in Europe in February of 2020 cut short the winter season with ski resorts seen as virus hotspots as people from all over the world mixed in confined spaces such as ski lifts, bars, restaurants and chalets. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 14 Nov. 2021 Radiation, lack of gravity, and living in confined spaces each take their tolls. Sarah Scoles, Wired, 9 Nov. 2021 At its start, its protagonist, Claire, is feeling very confined indeed. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 19 Oct. 2021 In such a system, a more stable defense that is leaking goals could be created, with more focus on the attack and midfield as the lines are joined and the ball can be recovered in confined spaces to create danger. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of confined

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confined

from past participle of confine entry 2

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“Confined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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con·​fined | \ kən-ˈfīnd How to pronounce confined (audio) \

Medical Definition of confined

: undergoing childbirth

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