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1. Restraint within limits; imprisonment; any restraint of liberty by force or other obstacle or necessity; as the confinement of a debtor or criminal to a prison, or of troops to a besieged town.

2. Voluntary restraint; seclusion; as the confinement of a man to his house, or to his studies.

3. Voluntary restraint in action or practice; as confinement to a particular diet.

4. Restraint from going abroad by sickness, particularly by child-birth.