Confinement



[kuh n-fahyn-muh nt] /kənˈfaɪn mənt/

noun
1.
the act of .
2.
the state of being .
3.
the lying-in of a woman in childbed; accouchement; childbirth.
4.
Military. incarceration in a guardhouse or prison while awaiting trial or as a punishment (distinguished from ).
/kənˈfaɪnmənt/
noun
1.
the act of confining or the state of being confined
2.
the period from the onset of labour to the birth of a child
3.
(physics) another name for containment (sense 3)
n.

1590s, from French confinement (16c.; the Old French word was confinacion), from confiner (see confine). As a euphemism for “childbed” it dates from 1774 (the Middle English expression was Our Lady’s bands).

confinement con·fine·ment (kən-fīn’mənt)
n.

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