con|tain´a|ble


con|tain´a|ble
con|tain «kuhn TAYN», transitive verb.
1. to have within itself; hold as contents; include: »

My purse contains money. A library contains books. Books contain information.

2. to be capable of holding: »

This pitcher will contain a quart of milk.

3. to be equal to: »

A pound contains 16 ounces.

SYNONYM(S): comprise.
4. to control; hold back; restrain (one's feelings): »

She could not contain her anger when he kicked her dog.

5. Military. to control or restrain (enemy forces) by stopping, holding, or surrounding: »

The British fleet under Admiral Nelson contained Napoleon's ships at Trafalgar.

6. to be capable of being divided by (a number) without a remainder: »

12 contains 2, 3, 4, and 6.

–v.i.
to restrain oneself or one's feelings: »

He could contain no longer, but hasting home, invaded his territories, and professed open war (Robert Burton).

[< Old French contenir < Latin continēre < com- together + tenēre hold]
con|tain´a|ble, adjective.
Synonym Study transitive verb. 1, 2 Contain, hold, accommodate mean to have within itself or be capable of having and keeping. Contain emphasizes the idea of actually having something within itself as contents or parts: »

The house contains five rooms. The new edition contains several maps and charts.

Hold, although often used interchangeably with contain, suggests being capable of containing: »

This carton holds one dozen eggs. A paper bag won't hold water.

Accommodate means to hold conveniently or comfortably: »

Most hotel rooms accommodate two people. The new garage accommodates fifty cars.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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