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

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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 Amid the pandemic, and now the cold, dark descent into winter, many of us are more confined to our homes than ever before. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Apple Fitness+," 15 Dec. 2020 With space at a premium, residents have learned to fit everything in very confined spaces, from beds to appliances to cars, as well as buildings. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Escaping Coronavirus Lockdown Through a Stranger’s Solitary Walks on YouTube," 9 Apr. 2020 The gas can also displace oxygen in confined spaces with poor ventilation, creating a suffocation hazard, though the risk is minimal under normal cabin ventilation, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "For Airlines, Dry Ice in Vaccine Transport Demands Special Attention," 7 Dec. 2020 For at least eight months, the Connecticut jury pool has been battered by public service warnings against gathering in groups and meeting in confined spaces. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Fear of COVID-19 infection among prospective jurors upends efforts to begin the state’s first, post-pandemic trial," 23 Nov. 2020 Along with cold-season gatherings moving into more confined spaces, there is evidence that the coronavirus is more virulent in colder weather and lower relative humidities. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Worried About Covid-19 in the Winter? Alaska Provides a Cautionary Tale," 21 Oct. 2020 Airlines say commercial aircraft are safer than other confined spaces because the air flows from ceiling to floor and cycles out every three to four minutes. Dallas News, "Is it safe to fly for the holidays? Airlines working to convince virus-wary travelers," 22 Oct. 2020 Most significant: Paulini, unwilling to put puppeteers in confined spaces, ruled out using a large puppet (frequently used in other productions) to represent the bloodthirsty plant at full height. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "‘Little Shop,’ Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show," 14 Oct. 2020 The film’s sublimely restrained story—which evolved significantly during a lengthy shoot—is a hypnotic pas de deux set in confined spaces as if on a spotlit stage. Kristin M. Jones, WSJ, "Depths of Unspoken Emotion," 25 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of confined was in 1605

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4 Feb 2021

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“Confined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of confined

of a space or area : very small


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

Medical Definition of confined

: undergoing childbirth

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