Definition of confined in US English:



  • (of a space) restricted in area or volume; cramped.

    ‘wear a dust mask and goggles when soldering in confined spaces’
    • ‘Babies play in little pens or in safely confined areas on a blanket on the floor.’
    • ‘The confined air of the Paris Metro offered him one of his most fertile ideas.’
    • ‘In modern usage an artesian well is any well in which the water level rises above the top of the confined aquifer to which the well is open.’
    • ‘What god given right do you have to smoke in the confined carriage of the Tube?’
    • ‘Such a confined analysis will not help to unravel the response of a whole system, or to describe the complex network.’
    • ‘Is it just me or is stinking up confined public places with solvents a, well, a stinky thing to do?’
    • ‘So we'll be left with the sort of people who show off on stage at hypnosis gigs acting up in a confined space and trying to root each other.’
    • ‘She said the family had slept in their kitchen and the children could not do their homework because of the confined space.’
    • ‘When burnt, charcoal gives off carbon monoxide which can kill in a confined space.’
    • ‘Because they are so long, opening them in confined quarters could prove difficult.’
    • ‘Relationships with a small group of carers in a confined setting are likely to come under significant strain.’
    • ‘Jet aircraft were available in numbers for the first time, but had to operate in a confined airspace.’
    • ‘Another feature solves the problem of how to have a leisure area in a confined space.’
    • ‘Therefore I do feel that smoking should be banned in public places, certainly all confined ones.’
    • ‘It needs space to look its best but can be grown in a confined area if some of the stems are cut back and it is grown through a support of some sort.’
    • ‘Add fuel, oil or grease in hot or confined places, and you've got a real problem on your hands.’
    • ‘This concentration is reached only when there are sufficient cells within a confined volume.’
    • ‘The usual problem of marshalling an unwieldy cast in such a confined theatre is tackled by doubling up on roles.’
    • ‘Within the film's confined internal spaces the human body takes on a territorial presence of its own.’
    • ‘This year there are seven plays on offer, four in the confined section and three in the open section.’
    cramped, constricted, restricted, limited, confining, small, narrow, compact, tight, pinched, squeezed, poky, uncomfortable, inadequate, meagre
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