• A white-crowned sparrow next to a nest containing two eggs
    A white-crowned sparrow next to a nest containing two eggs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v contain 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 South East Asia","Contain the rebel movement","Turn back the tide of communism"
    • v contain 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"
    • v contain 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"
    • v contain contain or hold; have within "The jar carries wine","The canteen holds fresh water","This can contains water"
    • v contain be capable of holding or containing "This box won't take all the items","The flask holds one gallon"
    • v contain be divisible by "24 contains 6"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A ground-level nest, containing five eggs A ground-level nest, containing five eggs
Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing...
The dragon drops the cradle containing the little boy The dragon drops the cradle containing the little boy

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most lipstick contains fish scales
    • Contain To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to; as, a bushel contains four pecks.
    • Contain To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold. "Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens can not contain thee; how much less this house!""When that this body did contain a spirit.""What thy stores contain bring forth."
    • Contain To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds. "The king's person contains the unruly people from evil occasions.""Fear not, my lord: we can contain ourselves."
    • v. i Contain To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity. "But if they can not contain , let them marry."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pumpkins contain potassium and vitamin A
    • contain To hold within fixed limits; comprehend; comprise; include; hold.
    • contain To be capable of holding; have, as a vessel, an internal volume equal to: as, this vessel contains two gallons.
    • contain To comprise, as a writing; have as contents.
    • contain To hold in opinion; regard (with).
    • contain Reflexively, to conduct or deport (one's self); hence, to act; do.
    • contain To put restraint on; restrain; retain; withhold.
    • contain Reflexively, to keep within bounds; hold in; moderate.
    • contain In mathematics, to be divisible by, without a remainder. One integer is said to contain a second with respect to a third when it is the sum of two parts divisible respectively by the second and third. Synonyms and To embrace, inclose.
    • contain To restrain or control desire, action, or emotion.
    • contain To exist; be held or included; be or remain.
    • contain To conduct one's self; appear in action; behave.
    • contain To hold (a body of troops) in position, usually by deploying the containing force in its front and threatening an attack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, the first cookbook was published in 1796 and it contained a recipes for watermelon rind pickles
    • v.t Contain kon-tān′ to comprise, to include:
    • v.t Contain kon-tān′ (B.) to restrain, esp. the sexual appetite
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  • Elias Canetti
    “When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).”
  • Socrates
    “Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.”
  • Frederick Salomon Perls
    Frederick Salomon Perls
    “I believe that any single dream contains the essential message about our existence.”
  • Pearl S. Buck
    “Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.”
  • Anatole France
    “History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. contenen, conteinen, F. contenir, fr. L. continere, -tentum,; con-, + tenere, to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Countenance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. continērecon, together, tenēre, to hold.


In literature:

There is no other fruit or vegetable in general use that contains such a proportion of nutriment.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
This chair now contained half a bushel; and the President and I set to work in quest of the letter.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Proximates are of two classes, those not containing nitrogen, and those which do contain it.
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
One of its churches contains the tomb of Alphonso I. of Portugal (1139-1185).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
In 1717 Chelsea only contained 350 houses, and these in 1725 had grown to 1,350.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Decomposition takes place and the issuing gas contains 18-20% of chlorine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
The Gothic church of S. Esuperanzio contains interesting works of art.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
The Colonial Arcade contains a hotel as well; it was finished in 1898.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Bones, although containing little meat, contain from 39 to 49% of gelatin.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
It contains no buildings of great interest, but is a clean and well-kept town.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

And large and stout the volume
That yet would scarce contain
The things that total strangers
Have told me in the train.
"The Misanthrope" by Cicely Fox Smith
"I'll think upon the place contains
My dark-eyed source of bliss,
When roaming idly, blindly through
The gay metropolis.
"The Adieu To Eliza" by Nora Pembroke
Give me my earthen cups again,
The crystal I contemn,
Which, though enchased with pearls, contain
A deadly draught in them.
"Upon Love" by Robert Herrick
But here's an object more of dread
Than aught the grave contains--
A human form with reason fled,
While wretched life remains.
"But Here's An Object More Of Dread" by Abraham Lincoln
I brought him op o deep breawn jug,
'At o gallon did contain;
An' he took it at one blessed draught,
An' laid him deawn again!
"Tim Bobbin' Grave" by Samuel Bamford
And now a wider space they gained,
A steeper, harder ground,
Where by one ample wall contained,
All earthly things they found:
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock

In news:

This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on August 9, 2012 3:15 PM.
In 2010 it came quickly, but was met with a quick response from growers, which seems to have contained spread of the disease.
1 small container (5 0z) Cool Whip.
It contains neither rascasse nor grondin.
A new University of Illinois (U of I) study contains a warning for obese women who are planning pregnancies.
Limited edition collection contains 3 CDs and a live DVD.
Attached is a PDF file containing all bookings at the Leon County Jail from November 22.
Cover and store asparagus in one container and mushrooms, onion, and sweet pepper in another container in the refrigerator up to 8 hours.
Hands Maid does not contain pumice, which many other cleansers on the market currently contain.
0 Container ships unload their cargo at the Port of Oakland's International Container Terminal.
Correction to This Article The column incorrectly stated that SweeTarts contain whey and did not note that Tootsie Pops contain whey, an ingredient to which some people are allergic.
This undated publicity photo from The Container Store shows Platinum ELFA Garage Shelving and Storage from The Container Store.
This undated publicity photo from The Container Store, shows Platinum elfa Garage Shelving and Storage from The Container Store.
Container flowers are more forgiving with water lapses, but vegetables grown in containers need regular water and fertilizer .
Cargo-container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles were up 8.75 percent in June, to 696,847 20-foot containers.

In science:

We say that a quasi-isometric embedding φ : H2 → solv is A-quasivertical if for each x ∈ H2 there exists a vertical line ℓ ⊂ solv such that φ(x) is contained in the A-neighborhood of ℓ, and ℓ is contained in the A-neighborhood of φ(H2 ).
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
The Dp-brane worldvolume contains the boundary σ = 0 while the Dp′ -brane worldvolume contains the boundary σ = π .
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
In particular, it contains the Mumford-Tate group of any hyperelliptic curve of genus g − 1 and hence by the previous paragraph it contains (and is thus equal to) S p(2n).
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties
We consider the special point of the moduli of the toroidally compactified theory when all moduli except for the ten-dimensional dilaton have vanishing values (this does not lead to enhanced gauge symmetry as the multiplet containing the graviton also contains the vector particles).
On the finiteness of N=8 quantum supergravity
Section 2 contains the proofs of these theorems, and Section 3 contains some remarks, conjectures and open problems.
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster