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 In confined regions such as passes, creek mouths, and canals, mesh dip nets are effective. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 2 Jan. 2020 What wasn’t expected at the beginning was that biomedical companies wouldn’t remain confined to the Mission Bay corridor, but instead began colonizing a greater swath of San Francisco and South San Francisco. Chris Haskell, STAT, "San Francisco’s Mission Bay life science sector: pivoting with the times," 24 Oct. 2019 The effects of that crisis will not remain confined to the region for long, however, nor will the people already dealing with the sharp end of it. James Griffiths, CNN, "What happens when parts of South Asia become unlivable? The climate crisis is already displacing millions," 17 July 2019 Cole’s Fefu, with her Mae West shrugs and fierce quality of carefree love, and Duarte’s piercing Julia, a soul writhing in confined torment, are the emotional core of the production. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Under-performed feminist masterpiece ‘Fefu and Her Friends’ is reborn at the Odyssey," 13 Aug. 2019 One of them, a requirement that pitchers must face at least three batters or finish an inning, is set to arrive in MLB next year, but others remain confined to New Britain and the seven other Atlantic League cities. Alex Putterman,, "Automatic strike zone? Stealing first base? New Britain Bees at center of baseball experimentation," 22 July 2019 But the two 70-ton Abrams tanks trucked from Fort Stewart were still deemed too heavy to roll onto the delicate apron of the Lincoln Memorial and will remain confined to the asphalt road behind it. Bymichael D. Shear,, "Trump defends plans for July Fourth extravaganza as criticism mounts," 3 July 2019 But the two 70-ton Abrams tanks trucked from Fort Stewart were still deemed too heavy to roll onto the delicate apron of the Lincoln Memorial and will remain confined to the asphalt road behind it. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Washington Prepares for a July 4 Spectacle, Starring and Produced by President Trump," 3 July 2019 As long as tensions remain confined to economic sabotage, Vatanka said, groups like Hezbollah and the Houthis will likely stay out of the fray. Washington Post, "Iran has invested in allies and proxies across the Middle East. Here’s why they matter now.," 19 June 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Confined.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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