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Definitions of contain

  1. contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. include or contain; have as a component; "A totally new idea is comprised in this paper"; "The record contains many old songs from the 1930's" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. be divisible by; "24 contains 6" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. To restrain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to; as, a bushel contains four pecks. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To hold; keep within bounds; inclose; to be equivalent to; to hold back: used reflexively; as, she could scarcely contain herself; to be exactly divisible by. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Container. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To hold together: to comprise, to include: to restrain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. To comprise; include; hold; restrain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To have room for; hold; enclose. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To be able to hold, as a vessel; to comprehend, comprise, or include; to hold or restrain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To be able to hold; to have capacity; to comprehend; to hold within limits; to include; to embrace; to inclose. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. kon-t[=a]n', v.t. to comprise, to include: (B.) to restrain, esp. the sexual appetite.--adj. CONTAIN'ABLE, that may be contained.--ns. CONTAIN'ANT, CONTAIN'ER. [Through Fr. from L. contin[=e]re--con, together, ten[=e]re, to hold.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Have, hold, as contents; comprise, include; (of a measure) be equal to, as a pound contains 16 ounces; (pass.) be included (within a space, between limits); (Geom.) enclose, form boundary of; (of numbers) be divisible by (number) without remainder; restrain, as could not c. himself for joy, c. your anger. Hence containable a. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. (Also, of military force) hold (another) in check, prevent from moving. Concise Oxford Dictionary

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