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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj content satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are "a contented smile"
    • v content satisfy in a limited way "He contented himself with one glass of beer per day"
    • v content make content "I am contented"
    • n content something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation "a moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject"
    • n content the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
    • n content what a communication that is about something is about
    • n content everything that is included in a collection and that is held or included in something "he emptied the contents of his pockets","the two groups were similar in content"
    • n content the amount that can be contained "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"
    • n content the proportion of a substance that is contained in a mixture or alloy etc.
    • n content the state of being contented with your situation in life "he relaxed in sleepy contentedness","they could read to their heart's content"
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A contented lion A contented lion

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Carrots have zero fat content.
    • Content Acquiescence without examination. "The sense they humbly take upon content ."
    • Content (Eng. House of Lords) An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmative vote; also, a member who votes “Content.”. "Supposing the number of “ Contents ” and “Not contents” strictly equal in number and consequence."
    • Content (Geom) Area or quantity of space or matter contained within certain limits; as, solid contents; superficial contents . "The geometrical content , figure, and situation of all the lands of a kingdom."
    • a Content kŏn*tĕnt" Contained within limits; hence, having the desires limited by that which one has; not disposed to repine or grumble; satisfied; contented; at rest. "Having food and rai
      ment, let us be therewith content ."
    • Content Power of containing; capacity; extent; size. "Strong ship's, of great content ."
    • Content Rest or quietness of the mind in one's present condition; freedom from discontent; satisfaction; contentment; moderate happiness. "Such is the fullness of my heart's content ."
    • Content That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy. "So will I in England work your grace's full content ."
    • Content That which is contained; the thing or things held by a receptacle or included within specified limits; as, the contents of a cask or bale or of a room; the contents of a book. "I shall prove these writings . . . authentic, and the contents true, and worthy of a divine original."
    • Content To satisfy the desires of; to make easy in any situation; to appease or quiet; to gratify; to please. "Do not content yourselves with obscure and confused ideas, where clearer are to be attained.""Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them."
    • Content To satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite. "Come the next Sabbath, and I will content you."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.
    • content 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.
    • content Synonyms Content. Satisfied. See contentment.
    • n content One who votes “content”; an assenting or affirmative vote.
    • content To give contentment or satisfaction to; satisfy; gratify; appease.
    • content Reflexively, to be satisfied.
    • content Synonyms Content, Satiate, etc. See satisfy.
    • n content 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 content Acquiescence; submission.
    • n content That which is the condition of contentment; desire: wish.
    • n content Compensation; satisfaction.
    • n content 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 content In geometry, the area or space included within certain limits.
    • n content 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 content The power of containing; capacity; extent within limits.
    • n content 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 content Contention; dispute; strife; quarrel.
    • n content The amount or quantity yielded.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so that the stomach is dangling out of it's mouth. Then the frog uses its' forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
    • n Content kon-tent′ or kon′tent that which is contained: the capacity or extent of anything: the substance:
    • adj Content kon-tent′ having the desires limited by present enjoyment: satisfied
    • n Content satisfaction—often 'heart's content.'—interj. = I am content, agreed!—the formula of assent in the House of Lords
    • v.t Content to make content: to satisfy the mind: to make quiet: to please
    • n Content kon-tent′ or kon′tent, that which is contained: the capacity or extent of anything: the substance:
    • n Content kon-tent′ or kon′tent (pl.) the things contained: the list of subjects treated of in a book.
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  • John Balguy
    John Balguy
    “Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase.”
  • Murray Bookchin
    Murray Bookchin
    “People are never free of trying to be content.”
  • Fred Estabrook
    Fred Estabrook
    “A man who is contented with what he has done will never become famous for what he will do.”
  • John Fowles
    John Fowles
    “Content is a word unknown to life; it is also a word unknown to man.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.”


Bone of contention - If there is an issue that always causes tension and arguments, it is a bone of contention.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. content, fr. L. contentus, p. p. of contenire, to hold together, restrain. See Contain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Contain.


In literature:

Take then, brethern, this as a step to give you contente.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
It was a smile of perfect content which met her mother's look.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Content fluttered to the hand of his mistress, Duty.
"The Crown of Success" by Charlotte Maria Tucker
I was sent to assist him, by holding the horse while he was engaged disposing of the contents of the cart.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
We are not slaves to the contentment of man.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
Peter crawled into it, and cuddled down, I folded the sleeves around him, and he seemed content.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
Helen sat down on the floor and began a systematic search; in turn opening each box and examining its contents.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Just now we are thinking solely of the content.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Rene, I'll be content with so little!
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
That would answer, Dolly, if people were contented with water; they all want wine.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner

In poetry:

God has given us
House and mill, land and riches, but not
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum
And as I had been prominent,
All scowl'd upon me as I went,
I found not one content.
"Vanitas! Vanitatum Vanitas!" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Oh, how easy and pleasant
Is the empyrean staging!
Mary the Virgin is content,
Finds the libretto engaging:
"Theater" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
My humbled spirit is content
To know that I am bid;
Nor dares to ask why I should need
To do what Jesus did.
"On Being Asked the Necessity of Prayer" by Caroline Fry
Silent stream! thy Indian name
Unfamiliar is to fame;
For thou hidest here alone,
Well content to be unknown.
"Songo River. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Say; down those Halls of Quiet
Doth he cry upon his Queen?
Or doth he sleep contented
To dream of what has been?
"The King of Ireland's Cairn" by Anna Johnston MacManus

In news:

Chemicals in the packaging, surfaces or contents of many products may cause long-term health effects, including cancers of the breast, brain and testicles.
When you've been to enough bars and had enough cocktails, you learn to glean information from the contents of a drink.
The QuVis server, which is fully DCI-compliant for JPEG 2000 with an upgrade path to 4K, is one of the only wavelet-based products on the market that can show 3D content by generating dual streams from a single server.
Formerly content to focus on coding and customer support, the country is about to get into semiconductor manufacturing, once the domain of technically advanced nations such as Germany and the United States.
This fall, though, it is taking on an improved nutrition profile, cutting both the calorie and sugar content.
From fast food to fast casual to fine dining, chain restaurants and local independents are racing to rethink the calories, saturated fat, sodium and overall nutritional content of children's meals.
Courtesy of Fox Nation The 2011 White House Christmas card features a content looking First Pup Bo Obama sitting by a roaring fireplace, flanked by Christmas presents and festive Christmasy ribbons and pine wreaths and bulbs.
Binder and Bead Content methods within this method need updating.
Formalizes 10 years of custom content creation into marketing services branch.
A boycott against the Huffington Post has turned into a class-action lawsuit claiming the website denied thousands of bloggers just compensation despite profiting from their content.
A beef over 'beef' content of Taco Bell tacos fuels this class-action suit .
Erik Sandoval, iReporter & Digital Content Director,
CMB /C-N wrestlers happy, not content.
Some scientists think the conventional wisdom about the content of the universe may be wrong.
Dairy farmers coaxing more milk from contented cows.

In science:

Content-based systems model content features of artifacts, rather than of documents, and recommend items by querying such product features against keywords or preferences supplied by the user .
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Our formalism places no restrictions on the matter content or the geometry of the outer space or on the matter content of the shell.
Singular Hypersurfaces in Einstein--Gauss--Bonnet Theory of Gravitation
The receiver agent has no means to understand the content of a request and perform an action consequently, if the action to be performed is not exactly specified as the content of the message itself.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Now, different free resolutions of b will have different information contents and it is natural to assign to b the lowest possible information content attainable by a free resolution.
Algebra generators and information theory
That is to say, the total mass-energy content of the universe is given by adding up the mass-energy content of each world vector.
The Aleph Cosmological Principle