con·​tained | \kən-ˈtānd \

Definition of contained 

: restrained also : calm

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Oklahoma forestry officials said Monday that the Rhea fire, which had burned 448 square miles (1,160 square kilometers) was 74 percent contained but not expected to spread beyond existing fire lines because of higher humidity and lighter winds. Washington Post, "After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue," 23 Apr. 2018 The fire is about 80 percent contained but flared up in the last week, prompting authorities to advise some residents to prepare to evacuate. Fox News, "Wind spreads California fire as other states battle blazes," 3 July 2018 Because of the contained nature of each episode, future episodes will not be affected by ABC’s decision. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "ABC Pulls Episode of ‘The Proposal’ After Sexual Assault Accusation," 22 June 2018 Nobody had ever seen something like that before in Isz, partially because of the glitch, but also because bosses are usually programmed to stay within a contained area. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Bloodborne’s most hardcore players find new secrets three years after release," 20 June 2018 It was originally planned as an event under the stars in the Netivot area, near the Gaza border, but was relocated to the inland rolling hills and more contained circumstances of the Ella Valley winery, a kibbutz located near Bet Shemesh. David Patrick Stearns,, "Philadelphia Orchestra in Israel: Zahav's Michael Solomonov serves patrons 'Dinner in the Desert' as a capstone experience," 7 June 2018 His rhetoric was conspiratorial but contained insights into real problems with the American system; Norm argued that white liberals contributed to racial poverty, and cited the Black Panthers as an inspiration for his movement. Daniel Southwell, Vox, "My teen years were spent in radical right-wing groups. The paranoia was intoxicating.," 24 Apr. 2018 The fire is zero percent contained and officials are investigating the cause. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, "Ute Park Fire torches more than 16,000 acres in New Mexico," 1 June 2018 Children can ride their bikes on 3-, 6- or 10-mile courses, while younger participants not yet on two wheels can participate in the Tykes and Trikes course in a contained area at the school. Rachel Lebeaux,, "Franklin to hold ‘kids ride’ on June 10," 30 May 2018

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1653, in the meaning defined above

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