container

noun
con·​tain·​er | \ kən-ˈtā-nər \

Definition of container 

: one that contains: such as
a : a receptacle (such as a box or jar) for holding goods
b : a portable compartment in which freight is placed (as on a train or ship) for convenience of movement

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Other Words from container

containerless \ kən-​ˈtā-​nər-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for container

Synonyms

holder, receptacle, vessel

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Examples of container in a Sentence

The tea leaves come in a small metal container. bowls, boxes, jars, and other containers The shipment of tools arrived at the dock in cargo containers yesterday.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Meals from Terra's Kitchen are delivered to you in the Vessel, which is an insulated container that's kind of like a mini-fridge without the electricity. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Two fuzzy chairs face a fireplace, next to which there’s an overflowing (but artfully arranged) container of firewood. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 2018 The steps are simple: fill a disposable container with room temperature water, pour nail polish in the water, swirl the polish together, then dip your ornament in. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "All I Want For Christmas Are These DIY Marble Ornaments," 21 Dec. 2018 If using later, pour into a container and refrigerate. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "New York’s Coolest Pastry Chef Explains How to Make All-Natural Food Coloring for Holiday Cookies," 17 Dec. 2018 Ice Breakers Sugar-Free Mints Amazon customers are partial to the spicy-hot cinnamon, but these flip-top containers also dispense sour and fruity-minty options. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Breath Mints to Carry Around With You All Day," 7 Dec. 2018 Transfer mixture to a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan or 2-quart freezer-safe container. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread-Chocolate Chunk No-Churn Ice Cream," 7 Dec. 2018 The truck flipped and powdered milk bags fell out of the back container, spilling onto the roadway. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Southbound I-5 near Tumwater closed for hours after collision involving semi-truck," 28 Nov. 2018 Remove the cloves from the food storage container, and toss the skins. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Peel a Whole Head of Garlic in No Time," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of container

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of container was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for container

container

noun

English Language Learners Definition of container

: an object (such as a box or can) that can hold something

: a large box that goods are placed in so that they can be moved from one place to another on a ship, airplane, train, or truck

container

noun
con·​tain·​er | \ kən-ˈtā-nər \

Kids Definition of container

: something into which other things can be put (as for storage)

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