American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To have within; hold.
- v. To be capable of holding.
- v. To have as component parts; include or comprise: The album contains many memorable songs.
- v. To hold or keep within limits; restrain: I could hardly contain my curiosity.
- v. To halt the spread or development of; check: Science sought an effective method of containing the disease.
- v. To check the expansion or influence of (a hostile power or ideology) by containment.
- v. Mathematics To be exactly divisible by.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hold within fixed limits; comprehend; comprise; include; hold.
- To be capable of holding; have, as a vessel, an internal volume equal to: as, this vessel contains two gallons.
- To comprise, as a writing; have as contents.
- To hold in opinion; regard (with).
- Reflexively, to conduct or deport (one's self); hence, to act; do.
- To put restraint on; restrain; retain; withhold.
- Reflexively, to keep within bounds; hold in; moderate.
- In mathematics, to be divisible by, without a remainder. One integer is said to contain a second with respect to a third when it is the sum of two parts divisible respectively by the second and third. Synonyms and To embrace, inclose.
- To restrain or control desire, action, or emotion.
- To exist; be held or included; be or remain.
- 3. To conduct one's self; appear in action; behave.
- To hold (a body of troops) in position, usually by deploying the containing force in its front and threatening an attack.
- v. transitive : To hold inside.
- v. transitive : To include as a part.
- v. transitive : To limit through restraint.
- v. mathematics, transitive To have as an element.
- v. obsolete, intransitive To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold.
- v. To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to.
- v. Obs., exept as used reflexively. To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.
- v. To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
- v. contain or hold; have within
- v. include or contain; have as a component
- v. be divisible by
- v. be capable of holding or containing
- v. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
- v. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
- From Middle English, from Old French contenir, from Latin continere ("to hold or keep together, comprise, contain"), combined form of con- ("together") + teneō ("to hold"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English conteinen, from Old French contenir, from Latin continēre : com-, com- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Does the title contain one that isn't in my dictionary?”
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“The forested valley and its coastal plain contain a wide range of habitats with abundant and varied plant and wildlife.”
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