container

noun
con·​tain·​er | \ kən-ˈtā-nər How to pronounce container (audio) \

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 How to pronounce containerless (audio) \ 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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It’s anchored by a shipping container bar and food truck. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's new outdoor dining concept feels more like Miami Beach," 22 June 2018 Place in an airtight container and refrigerate about an hour before serving. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast in bed? These dads would rather be in the kitchen," 12 June 2018 These can be stored in an airtight container between sheets of paper towel for up to 3 days. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken Salad Collard Wrap," 11 June 2018 Not to mention the food containers and never-ending catalogues and junk mail. Nicole Anzia, The Seattle Times, "5 ideas for dream storage spaces," 7 Jan. 2019 Pesticide suicide rates were identical between the group getting the pesticide containers and the group that got nothing. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year," 15 Nov. 2018 Perhaps Bollinger is optimizing range over speed, since the 200-mile range seems generous for something shaped like a shipping container and rolling on knobby 285/70/17 off-road tires. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Bollinger B2 Is the Beefy Electric Truck We've Been Waiting For," 10 Oct. 2018 Courtesy of HiveCube Courtesy of HiveCube HiveCube’s homes are in a standard-size shipping container and feature two bedrooms, a full kitchen, bathroom, and living space. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 That suggests that the glass makers wanted to balance cost and quality, and the same pattern is reflected in glass containers and dishes from Samarra. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 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 How to pronounce container (audio) \

Kids Definition of container

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

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