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Noun: confinement  kun'fIn-munt
  1. Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
    "she was in confinement for six hours";
    - parturiency, labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], lying-in, travail, childbed [archaic]
     
  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 confinement of the infection to a focal area";
    - restriction

Derived forms: confinements

Type of: birth, birthing, giving birth, parturition, restraint, subjection, subjugation

Part of: gestation, maternity, pregnancy

Encyclopedia: Confinement