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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confine  \Con"fine\  (?  or  ?);  277),  v.  i. 
  To  have  a  common  boundary;  to  border;  to  lie  contiguous;  to 
  touch;  --  followed  by  on  or  with  [Obs.] 
 
  Where  your  gloomy  bounds  Confine  with  heaven.  --Milton. 
 
  Bewixt  heaven  and  earth  and  skies  there  stands  a  place 
  Confining  on  all  three  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confine  \Con"fine\,  n. 
  1.  Common  boundary;  border;  limit;  --  used  chiefly  in  the 
  plural. 
 
  Events  that  came  to  pass  within  the  confines  of 
  Judea.  --Locke. 
 
  And  now  in  little  space  The  confines  met  of  empyrean 
  heaven,  And  of  this  world.  --Milton. 
 
  On  the  confines  of  the  city  and  the  Temple. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  Apartment;  place  of  restraint;  prison.  [Obs.] 
 
  Confines,  wards,  and  dungeons.  --Shak. 
 
  The  extravagant  and  erring  spirit  hies  To  his 
  confine.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confine  \Con*fine"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Confined};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Confining}.]  [F.  confiner  to  border  upon  LL 
  confinare  to  set  bounds  to  con-  +  finis  boundary,  end  See 
  {Final},  {Finish}.] 
  To  restrain  within  limits;  to  restrict;  to  limit;  to  bound; 
  to  shut  up  to  inclose;  to  keep  close 
 
  Now  let  not  nature's  hand  Keep  the  wild  flood  confined! 
  let  order  die!  --Shak. 
 
  He  is  to  confine  himself  to  the  compass  of  numbers  and 
  the  slavery  of  rhyme.  --Dryden. 
 
  {To  be  confined},  to  be  in  childbed. 
 
  Syn:  To  bound;  limit;  restrain;  imprison;  immure;  inclose; 
  circumscribe;  restrict. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  confine 
  v  1:  place  limits  on  "restrict  the  use  of  this  parking  lot" 
  [syn:  {restrict},  {restrain},  {trammel},  {limit},  {bound}, 
  {throttle}] 
  2:  restrict  or  confine,  as  to  area,  extent,  time,  etc  [syn:  {limit}, 
  {circumscribe}] 
  3:  prevent  from  leaving  or  from  being  removed 
  4:  close  in  or  confine  [syn:  {enclose},  {hold  in}] 
  5:  deprive  of  freedom;  take  into  confinement  [syn:  {detain}] 
  [ant:  {free}] 
  6:  to  close  within  bounds,  limit  or  hold  back  from  movement; 
  "This  holds  the  local  until  the  express  passengers  change 
  trains";  "About  a  dozen  animals  were  held  inside  the 
  stockade";  "The  illegal  immigrants  were  held  at  a 
  detention  center";  'The  terrorists  held  the  journalists 
  for  ransom"  [syn:  {restrain},  {hold}] 




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