Definitions of confines

  1. a bounded scope; " he stayed with the confines of the city"
  2. Joint limits; adjacent parts; boundaries.

Quotes of confines

  1. Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank. – Jean de la Bruyere
  2. The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines – Italo Calvino
  3. Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will. – Thomas Carlyle
  4. Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  5. Women are the victims of this patriarchal culture, but they are also its carriers. Let us keep in mind that every oppressive man was raised in the confines of his mother's home. – Shirin Ebadi
  6. The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines – Charles de Gaulle
  7. The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  8. The good die young but not always. The wicked prevail but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre. – Helen Hayes
  9. No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head. – Terry Josephson
  10. An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  11. A leader who confines his role to his people's experience dooms himself to stagnation; a leader who outstrips his people's experience runs the risk of not being understood. – Henry A. Kissinger
  12. You can't take a character anywhere they don't expect the character to go. But within those confines is where creativity lies. – Richard Price
  13. The Geometer has the special privilege to carry out, by abstraction, all constructions by means of the intellect. Who, then, would wish to prevent me from freely considering figures hanging on a balance imagined to be at an infinite distance beyond the confines of the world? – Evangelista Torricelli

Usage examples for confines

  1. The roar filled out like a flood slowly released from its confines to sweep down with the sound of doom. – The Last of the Plainsmen by Zane Grey
  2. All this time, Phil saw little or nothing of Mayor Brenchfield, for his were busy days, and Brenchfield's fields of operation were seldom within the confines of the blacksmith shop. – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  3. After years spent in the narrow confines of a car, however luxurious, and the necessarily limited quarters of hotels, the girls reveled in the spacious house, over which they spread themselves in an amusing fashion, sleeping in turn in the various bedrooms by way of getting acquainted with them all over again, Julie said, and with reckless prodigality hanging some portion of their wardrobe in every closet in the house. – Those Dale Girls by Frank Weston Carruth
  4. It needed the intervention of the local clerk of the commission to convince the chairman that he was talking to a man far richer than himself, besides being experienced and sage to the confines of rural wisdom. – Patsy by S. R. Crockett
  5. The momentary resting- place of Thales on the confines of the familiar world of things, in his formulation of Water as the principle of existence, is thus immediately removed. – A Short History of Greek Philosophy by John Marshall
  6. His portrait appears on the millions of bottles with green seals, which are sent to the confines of the globe. – The Waif of the "Cynthia" by André Laurie and Jules Verne
  7. So they came at dusk to Autafort, a rock castle on the confines of Perigord, held by Bertran de Born. – The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay by Maurice Hewlett
  8. Not a man of his riders had been beyond the confines of the grazing lands; no one had come in from the outside. – The Desert Valley by Jackson Gregory
  9. But now they turned off the main road through a gap in the snake- fence, and followed many wheel tracks to the farther confines of the field where, under a huge tree they could see a group of men. – The Adventures of Bobby Orde by Stewart Edward White
  10. As Jean had reverently assured Grace, it was indeed, to him, a sacred mission on which he was now setting forth, and he longed impatiently for the moment to come when he might leave the narrow confines of the railway train and set foot in the little village nearest to the lumber camp. – Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer by Jessie Graham Flower
  11. In this emergency, a severe attack of rheumatism confines him to his chamber for many days. – The Idler in France by Marguerite Gardiner
  12. With unlimited wealth at his command he still confines himself to the smoke and dust of civilisation, leaving the free air and the brilliant beauty of the wilderness to the wild- fowl and the penniless hunter, and the wandering savage! – The Big Otter by R.M. Ballantyne
  13. It would go straight towards it, if it could; but the string confines it, and so it can only go down in the same way that it came up; that is, by the curved line." – Rollo's Experiments by Jacob Abbott
  14. When all is said and done, ma'am, there's no law in the State that confines me to leaving my savings to any particular young man. – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  15. Then suddenly from the confines of the battle rose and spread a cry of " Cave canem!" – The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch by Talbot Baines Reed
  16. Ere another week pass over us, we may have sterner pastime and closer confines – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  17. That is true, said Dick, and if she confines herself to truth, we have no right to try and stop her. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  18. At these confines of civilization, the American is always a hunter, and those who dwell on the smaller farms, at the edges of forests, often depend, for their animal food, upon the skill of the male portion of their community. – Monsieur Violet by Frederick Marryat
  19. A great sacrifice of liberty must necessarily be made in every government; yet even the authority, which confines liberty, can never, and perhaps ought never, in any constitution, to become quite entire and uncontrollable. – Essays by David Hume Commentator: Hannaford Bennett
  20. " Oh, Dennis, we seem just on the confines of a glorious world- it is so near, so real- it seems as if but a step would take us all into it. – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe

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