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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containerless \ kən-​ˈtā-​nər-​ləs How to pronounce container (audio) \ adjective

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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 Weed control, insect treatment, and irrigation are all easier for plants grown in a large container. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The best tomatoes to plant this spring in your San Antonio garden," 26 Mar. 2021 Plant the seeds up to three weeks before the last frost date in a container or right in the veggie patch. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "All the flowers and vegetables to plant now that it’s spring," 22 Mar. 2021 Now, place the slices in a clean, non-reactive container. Betty Liu, Bon Appétit, "Tangy, Crunchy Soy-Pickled Radishes Are On Constant Rotation In My Kitchen," 20 Mar. 2021 Lettuce can also be placed in another container as thin plastic bags offer little protection from other fruits and vegetables also occupying the drawer. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Puffiness of bagged lettuce does not indicate freshness," 20 Mar. 2021 Consumers with any of the affected products should handle them with caution, discard products in a secure container, and wash hands and surfaces properly. Mike Wehner, BGR, "If you have this pet food, don’t touch it or feed it to your animals," 17 Mar. 2021 In a final test, the researchers taught the puppies to find food in a plastic container, then sealed it with a lid. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "These adorable puppies may help explain why dogs understand our body language," 17 Mar. 2021 The seafood rub can be made ahead and stored in a covered container up to several weeks. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A beachy, spring break-inspired meal," 15 Mar. 2021 That’s meant a sharp increase in the number of wines that critics receive that have been either Coravin’ed or Coravin’ed in a separate container than the typical 750 ml bottle. Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, "From Coravin-Gate To Kickstarter: COVID’s Crowd Influence On Wine," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of container

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for container

Middle English conteyner, from conteynen "to contain" + -er -er entry 2

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

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30 Mar 2021

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“Container.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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