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

  • n. Something contained, as in a receptacle. Often used in the plural: the contents of my desk drawer; the contents of an aerosol can.
  • n. The individual items or topics that are dealt with in a publication or document. Often used in the plural: a table of contents.
  • n. The material, including text and images, that constitutes a publication or document.
  • n. The substantive or meaningful part: "The brain is hungry not for method but for content, especially content which contains generalizations that are powerful, precise, and explicit” ( Frederick Turner).
  • n. The meaning or significance of a literary or artistic work.
  • n. The proportion of a specified substance: Eggs have a high protein content.
  • adj. Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.
  • adj. Ready to accept or acquiesce; willing: She was content to step down after four years as chief executive.
  • transitive v. To make content or satisfied: contented himself with one piece of cake.
  • n. Contentment; satisfaction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Satisfied; in a state of satisfaction.
  • n. That which is contained.
  • n. Subject matter; substance.
  • n. The amount of material contained.
  • n. The n-dimensional space contained by an n-dimensional polytope (called volume in the case of a polyhedron and area in the case of a polygon).
  • n. See contents.
  • n. Satisfaction; contentment
  • v. To give contentment or satisfaction; to satisfy; to gratify; to appease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Contained within limits; hence, having the desires limited by that which one has; not disposed to repine or grumble; satisfied; contented; at rest.
  • n. That which is contained; the thing or things held by a receptacle or included within specified limits.
  • n. Power of containing; capacity; extent; size.
  • n. Area or quantity of space or matter contained within certain limits.
  • n. Rest or quietness of the mind in one's present condition; freedom from discontent; satisfaction; contentment; moderate happiness.
  • n. Acquiescence without examination.
  • n. That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy.
  • n. An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmative vote; also, a member who votes “Content.”.
  • transitive v. To satisfy the desires of; to make easy in any situation; to appease or quiet; to gratify; to please.
  • transitive v. To satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Literally, held or contained within limits; hence, having the desires limited to present enjoyments; satisfied; free from tendency to repine or object; willing; contented; resigned.
  • Synonyms Content. Satisfied. See contentment.
  • n. One who votes “content”; an assenting or affirmative vote.
  • To give contentment or satisfaction to; satisfy; gratify; appease.
  • Reflexively, to be satisfied.
  • Synonyms Content, Satiate, etc. See satisfy.
  • n. That state of mind which results from satisfaction with present conditions; that degree of satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, excluding complaint, impatience, or further desire; contentment.
  • n. Acquiescence; submission.
  • n. That which is the condition of contentment; desire: wish.
  • n. Compensation; satisfaction.
  • n. That which is contained; the thing or things held, included, or comprehended within a limit or limits: usually in the plural: as, the contents of a cask or a bale, of a room or a ship, of a book or a document.
  • n. In geometry, the area or space included within certain limits.
  • n. In logic, the sum of the attributes or notions which constitute the meaning and are expressed in the definition of a given conception: thus, animal, rational, etc., form the content of the conception man. The content of cognition is the matter of knowledge, that which comes from without the mind.
  • n. The power of containing; capacity; extent within limits.
  • n. In the customs, a paper delivered to the searcher by the master of a vessel before she is cleared outward, describing the vessel's designation and detailing the goods shipped, with other particulars. This content has to be compared with the cockets and the indorsements and clearances thereon.
  • n. Contention; dispute; strife; quarrel.
  • n. The amount or quantity yielded.

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

  • n. the proportion of a substance that is contained in a mixture or alloy etc.
  • adj. satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
  • n. something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation
  • v. make content
  • v. satisfy in a limited way
  • n. the amount that can be contained
  • n. what a communication that is about something is about
  • n. the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
  • n. the state of being contented with your situation in life
  • n. everything that is included in a collection and that is held or included in something


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

Middle English, from Medieval Latin contentum, neuter past participle of Latin continēre, to contain; see contain.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin contentus, past participle of continēre, to restrain; see contain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin contentus ("satisfied, content"), past participle of continere ("to hold in, contain"); see contain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French content, from Latin contentus ("satisfied, content"), past participle of continere ("to hold in, contain"); see contain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French contente ("content, contentment"), from contenter; see content as a verb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French contenter, from Medieval Latin contentare ("to satisfy"), from Latin contentus ("satisfied, content"); see content as an adjective.


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