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
The acronym for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus is acceptable in all references.
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.
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.
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.
Few people who use the word readily register the fact that its letters initially stood for words: self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.
He made the lower level into a self-contained guest unit with two bedrooms and a kitchen.
And that language is no longer fully understood in a time when decision-making is monopolized by administrators overseeing self-contained bureaucracies.
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).
But they have deftly compensated by making each one a self-contained chapter, allowing you to dip in anywhere without too much confusion.
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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