con·​fine·​ment | \ kən-ˈfīn-mənt How to pronounce confinement (audio) \

Definition of confinement

: an act of confining : the state of being confined solitary confinement especially : lying-in

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Examples of confinement in a Sentence

The dog was kept in confinement until it was determined to be healthy. He remained with his wife during her confinement.

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He was found guilty of posing with the body of an Islamic State fighter, and he was sentenced to a reduction in rank and four months confinement, which Gallagher served before trial. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ex-attorney for Navy SEAL acquitted of war crimes says Gallagher owes him up to $1 million," 7 Aug. 2019 The nanosheet of gold forms when a confinement chemical is added to chloroauric acid containing gold and water. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Scientists just created the world's thinnest gold and it's two atoms thick," 6 Aug. 2019 In one approach, known as inertial confinement fusion, or ICF, intense pulses of laser light are used to compress a tiny pellet of fuel in an attempt to reach temperatures and pressures comparable to the interiors of stars. Mark Buchanan, Twin Cities, "Mark Buchanan: The great, maddening promise of fusion energy," 4 Aug. 2019 The attorneys wrote that Epstein was willing to put up his Manhattan mansion and private jet as collateral and agree to home confinement and GPS monitoring, and even hire round-the-clock security to watch him. Matt Zapotosky,, "Aim of 2008 deal was to jail Epstein, Acosta says, but court documents tell more of the Florida story," 12 July 2019 He is also concerned with the FSOC’s confinement to an oversight role. WSJ, "Alan Blinder’s Risk-Assessment Approach Is Mistaken," 30 June 2019 Thousands of immigrants in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been subjected to solitary confinement, according to a report on government documents and data. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "ICE Is Holding LGBTQ and Disabled Detainees in Solitary Confinement, Report Says," 23 May 2019 It was designated as the site for federal death sentences in July 1993, and a special confinement unit for death row prisoners was established in 1999. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Terre Haute penitentiary: What you need to know," 4 Apr. 2019 The singer has been in solitary confinement with no access to television or contact with other people, Greenberg has said. Amir Vera And Sheena Jones, CNN, "R. Kelly's crisis manager resigns for 'personal reasons'," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of confinement

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confinement

borrowed from Middle French, from confiner "to confine entry 2" + -ment -ment

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The first known use of confinement was in 1592

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English Language Learners Definition of confinement

: the act of confining someone or something : the state of being confined
old-fashioned : the time when a woman is giving birth to a baby


con·​fine·​ment | \ kən-ˈfīn-mənt How to pronounce confinement (audio) \

Medical Definition of confinement

: an act of confining : the state of being confined especially : lying-in



Legal Definition of confinement

1 : the act of confining
2 : the state of being confined

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