"confines" in the noun sense
a bounded scope
"he stayed within the confines of the city"
"confines" in the verb sense
1. restrict, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle
place limits on (extent or amount or access
"restrict the use of this parking lot"
"limit the time you can spend with your friends"
prevent from leaving or from being removed
3. enclose, hold in, confine
"darkness enclosed him"
4. confine, detain
deprive of freedom take into confinement
5. restrain, confine, hold, constrain
to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement
"This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"
"About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"
"The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"
"The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
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