from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of confining or the state of being confined.
  • n. Lying-in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of confining or the state of being confined
  • n. lying-in

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Restraint within limits; imprisonment; any restraint of liberty; seclusion.
  • n. Restraint within doors by sickness, esp. that caused by childbirth; lying-in.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being confined; restraint within limits; any restraint of liberty by force or other obstacle or necessity; hence, imprisonment.
  • n. Restraint from going abroad by sickness, specifically by childbirth; the lying-in of a woman: as, her approaching confinement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary)
  • n. concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
  • n. the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them
  • n. the state of being confined


confine +‎ -ment (Wiktionary)



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