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tr.v. con·fined, con·fin·ing, con·fines
1. To keep within bounds; restrict: Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand. See Synonyms at limit.
2. To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
3. To restrict in movement: The sick child was confined to bed.

[French confiner, from Old French, from confins, boundaries; see confines.]

con·fin′a·ble, con·fine′a·ble adj.
con·fin′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.confining - restricting the scope or freedom of action
restrictive - serving to restrict; "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"
2.confining - crowded; "close quarters"
confined - not free to move about


Affording little room for movement:
References in classic literature ?
But it is alleged, that it might be employed in such a manner as to promote the election of some favorite class of men in exclusion of others, by confining the places of election to particular districts, and rendering it impracticable to the citizens at large to partake in the choice.
If the latter is the case, (as every intelligent man knows it to be,[1]) is it not evident that the policy of confining the places of election to particular districts would be as subversive of its own aim as it would be exceptionable on every other account?
It is well known that reinforced concrete strength, ductility and energy dissipation capacity increases with increase in confining reinforcement ratio.
Confining walls hinder the sedimentation dynamics, leading to decreased draining.
Summary: In a third case, the RAK Criminal Court started hearing a case in which a cafe shop owner is accused of confining two Arab waitresses, who work with him, and trying to rape them.
However, much less is known about the behaviour of concrete in FRP-confined square columns, in which the confining pressure provided by the FRP varies over the cross-section and only part of the concrete is effectively confined (Park, Paulay 1975).
To find out how the immune system responds to temporary anxiety, like being frightened, scientists stressed a group of mice by confining them in tight quarters for short periods of time.
According to the court, the state had a compelling government interest in identifying, confining and treating SVPs that outweighed the plaintiff's right to privacy in his medical records.