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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.
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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?
In January this year, one of the women, accused the musician of confining her in his soundproof recording room for seven days and raping her several times.
but confining him at his residence along with his family is not good,' Ebad told Musharraf.
Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in the form of wraps or jackets have been widely used to serve as a confining device for seismic retrofit of existing RC columns [5, 6].
As a strain-rate sensitive material, the mechanical properties of a rock are affected by dynamic loading and confining pressure and have received a great deal with attention in many engineering fields, particularly excavation-induced seismicity, rockbursts during tunnel excavation and mining activities [1-5].
[6, 7] studied the effects of overburden pressure and confining pressure on sandstone permeability.
It is well known that reinforced concrete strength, ductility and energy dissipation capacity increases with increase in confining reinforcement ratio.
Three columns were casted using different confining steel.
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.