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Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Constituting a complete and independent unit in and of itself: A self-contained dictionary defines every word contained within it.
  • adj. Not dependent on others; self-sufficient: a self-contained settlement in the Arctic.
  • adj. Keeping to oneself; reserved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not requiring external or additional support; complete in itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having self-control; reserved; uncommunicative; wholly engrossed in one's self.
  • adj. Having all the essential working parts connected by a bedplate or framework, or contained in a case, etc., so that mutual relations of the parts do not depend upon fastening outside of the machine itself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Contained or wrapped up in one's self; reserved; not sympathetic or communicative.
  • Having an entrance for itself, and not approached by an entrance or stair common to others: as, a self-contained house.
  • Complete in itself: as, a self-contained motor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. constituting a complete and independent unit in and of itself
  • adj. in full control of your faculties

Etymologies

self +‎ contained (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The acronym for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus is acceptable in all references.

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  • The state also cited Cobalt's miners for failing to wear their air packs, called self-contained self-rescuers, and for failing to have a cache of the devices within reach.

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—that is to say, a self-contained but slightly smug little kid called Wolfie—plays second fiddle to his older sister in René Féret's beguiling celebration, in French with English subtitles, of the family's other prodigy.

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  • On his own, Emeralds member Mark McGuire's looped guitar work can be incredibly self-contained, which is why this collaboration with Trouble Books, the husband and wife duo of Keith Freund and Linda Lejsovka, is surprisingly, well, collaborative.

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  • Few people who use the word readily register the fact that its letters initially stood for words: self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

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  • He made the lower level into a self-contained guest unit with two bedrooms and a kitchen.

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  • And that language is no longer fully understood in a time when decision-making is monopolized by administrators overseeing self-contained bureaucracies.

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  • The West's influence on Japan—the introduction of modernity to an ancient, self-contained civilization—was the pre-eminent concern of the country's greatest 20th-century novelists, Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) and Junichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965).

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  • But they have deftly compensated by making each one a self-contained chapter, allowing you to dip in anywhere without too much confusion.

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  • So far, the violence has had only a limited effect on tourist bookings, operators said, in large part because the luxury hotels are on self-contained islands, cut off from Male.

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