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confine sb. (pl. is stressed “co'nfines” in senses 1 and 2; sing. always “confi'ne,” but usually in sense 4, to which the few instances of pl. stressed “confi'nes” possibly belong)
1. pl. boundaries, bounds Rom. III. i. 6 “when he enters the confines of a tavern.”
2. pl. region, territory R2 I. iii. 137 “our quiet c-s,” R3 IV. iv. 3 “in these c-s . . . have I lurk'd,” Cæs. III. i. 272; fig. John IV. ii. 246 “this of blood and breath.”
3. confinement, limitation Oth. I. ii. 27 “Put into circumscription and confine,” Compl. 265.
4. place of confinement, prison Tp. IV. i. 121 Spirits, which . . . I have from their c-s call'd*, Ham. I. i. 155* “hies To his confine,” II. ii. 256 “confines, wards, and dungeons,” Ant. III. v. 13.
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