- 1Have or hold (someone or something) within: the cigarettes were thought to contain cannabisMore example sentences
- Read Cole's post, which is long and contains links within it, carefully; he explains the most effective way to protest and why.
- Morris dancing is obviously a very old practice and it contains clues within it as to its origins.
- The sacred nature of these figures was thus established by an explanatory narrative that did not succeed in containing their meaning within a completely familiar context.
- 1.1Be made up of (a number of things): documents containing both text and simple graphics can be createdMore example sentences
- Well, it was right in the sense that it was a numerical string that contained the numbers 7 and 9, but otherwise it was useless.
- Each part has a brief introduction and contains a number of photographs and extracts from documents, roughly divided under more or less cryptic chapter headings.
- This scheme contains a number of amendments, including the amalgamation of some smaller polling districts and their polling stations.
- 1.2(Of a number) be divisible by (a factor) without a remainder: since F contains the factor Q it disappears from both sides of the equationMore example sentences
- Let F u (u >) be the smallest Fibonacci number containing the prime p.
- Such sets (of unique items) could now contain consecutive Fibonacci numbers.
- This fraction contains both the ER and the Golgi complex, because these compartments have densities between 1.13 and 1.17 in tobacco leaf cells.
- 2Control or restrain (oneself or a feeling): he must contain his hatredMore example sentences
- She backed out of the office barely able to contain herself from skipping and jumping about like some demented grasshopper.
- Derek rode alongside the carriage, barely able to contain himself.
- Shelley hopped from one foot to the other, barely able to contain herself.
- 2.1Prevent (a severe problem) from spreading or intensifying: the government has already taken steps to contain the diseaseMore example sentences
- He recommends companies adopt an anti-hoax policy to help contain the problem.
- Hospital bosses believe the bacteria's spread has been contained as a result of this and other emergency measures, as no new cases have been reported for more than a week.
- Nobody would deny that dangerous rogue states have to be contained to prevent them from becoming dangers not just to themselves but also to their neighbours.
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- I am complicit, in the sense that I am trying to point out that everything is not containable, and everything is interconnected, and myths are being accepted as truth.
- The man is deeply pro-nuclear: seeing the containable risks of peaceful nuclear power as preferable to the certain high levels of fossil fuel pollution we currently live with.
- That sounded rather like wishful thinking, as if some of our seekers after evil would almost have welcomed the release of a small, containable, but suitably photogenic, cloud of poison gas in the desert.
Middle English: from Old French contenir, from Latin continere, from con- 'altogether' + tenere 'to hold'.