confined

adjective
con·fined | \kən-ˈfīnd \

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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She gets uncomfortable in confined spaces. confined citizens have basic rights under that nation's constitution

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Among other things there is a danger of a buildup of carbon dioxide in some of the more confined spaces. James Hookway, WSJ, "Difficult Decision Looms on Rescuing Thai Boys From Cave," 4 July 2018 Political alliances remain confined to speakers of the same language and no pan-Russian nationalism ever emerged. Nikita Lalwani, Washington Post, "When is nationalism a good thing? When it unites an ethnically diverse citizenry," 26 June 2018 That Netanyahu, Trump's most ardent supporter in dumping the JCPOA, was in Moscow the day before the attack signals many things -- not least the dangerous complexity of having so many powers at play in such a confined conflict. Nic Robertson, CNN, "The world is nervously watching as the gloves come off between Iran and Israel," 10 May 2018 The confined disposal facility is less than a mile away from Carrie Gosch Elementary and East Chicago Central High. Javonte Anderson, Post-Tribune, "East Chicago environmental activists to meet with Rep. Visclosky, talk sludge storage," 13 July 2017 Whoever is lucky enough to one day ride the rocket into space would be squeezed into a cramped and confined tube. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Video: Amateur Rocketeers Launch Suborbital Rocket," 7 June 2011 But the slow, steady expansion of coaching and training staffs over the years has only made the space feel more confined. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Welcome, Visitors. Squeeze Right In.," 9 Apr. 2016

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of confined

of a space or area : very small

confined

adjective
con·fined | \kən-ˈfīnd \

Medical Definition of confined 

: undergoing childbirth

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