self-confinement


self-confinement

noun

  1. the act of confining.
  2. the state of being confined.
  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 arrest).

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 (def. 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). n.

  1. The act of restricting or the state of being restricted in movement.
  2. Lying-in.

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