container

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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

containerless

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Examples of container in a Sentence

  1. The tea leaves come in a small metal container.

  2. bowls, boxes, jars, and other containers

  3. The shipment of tools arrived at the dock in cargo containers yesterday.

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First Known Use of container

15th century


CONTAINER Defined for English Language Learners

container

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Definition of container for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

container

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noun con·tain·er \ kən-ˈtā-nər \

Definition of container for Students

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


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