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3 definitions found
 for confinement
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Confinement \Con*fine"ment\, n.
     1. Restraint within limits; imprisonment; any restraint of
        liberty; seclusion.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The mind hates restraint, and is apt to fancy itself
              under confinement when the sight is pent up.
                                                    --Addison.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Restraint within doors by sickness, esp. that caused by
        childbirth; lying-in.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  confinement
      n 1: concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of
           contractions to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for
           six hours" [syn: parturiency, labor, labour,
           confinement, lying-in, travail, childbed]
      2: the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining
         them
      3: the state of being confined; "he was held in confinement"
      4: the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by
         force if necessary); "the restriction of the infection to a
         focal area" [syn: restriction, confinement]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  85 Moby Thesaurus words for "confinement":
     accouchement, beleaguerment, besetment, birth, birth throes,
     birthing, blessed event, blockade, blockading, boundary, bounds,
     childbearing, childbed, childbirth, circumscription, closeness,
     constraint, continence, cordoning, cramp, cramping, crowdedness,
     delivery, discipline, dismemberment, enclosure, envelopment,
     estrapade, galleys, genesis, giving birth, hair, hairbreadth,
     hairsbreadth, hard labor, hatching, having a baby, immurement,
     impalement, imprisonment, incapaciousness, incarceration,
     inclusion, incommodiousness, jailing, keelhauling, labor, limit,
     limitation, martyrdom, moderation, multiparity, narrow gauge,
     narrowness, nascency, nativity, nearness, parturition,
     penal servitude, picketing, prescription, proscription,
     qualification, quarantine, railriding, restrain, restraint,
     restrictedness, restriction, rock pile, siege, slenderness, stint,
     straitness, strappado, strictness, tar-and-feathering,
     the Nativity, the gantlet, the stork, tight squeeze, tightness,
     torment, torture, travail
  
  

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