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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Recent Examples on the Web

Lawmakers say the polystyrene in the containers is difficult to recycle and breaks down into small pieces that can invade the water supply. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 Move the garden to you by planting in containers or window boxes. oregonlive, "How to create a garden that’s accessible to all," 2 Sep. 2019 Money told ABC Radio Melbourne that part of the aim if to have students bring their lunch in containers made from recycled plastic. Philip Victor, CNN, "Students at one Australian school will take home more than just their homework. They're carrying out their trash, too.," 29 Aug. 2019 Store indoor food properly, in containers if possible. oregonlive.com, "Follow these tips to keep rats out of homes and gardens," 27 Aug. 2019 The weapons, like other illicit arms in Jamaica, arrive in containers aboard the hundreds of ships that come to the island each month. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, "One Handgun, 9 Murders: How American Firearms Cause Carnage Abroad," 25 Aug. 2019 All of the crabs remained in containers a second night, as would likely happen at a bleeding lab. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "The Blood of the Crab," 23 Aug. 2019 The pink, purple and white blossoms grow well in containers and can be cut back in our fall and blossoms in the following spring. Stan Davidson, sun-sentinel.com, "Spice up your landscape with Curcuma," 22 Aug. 2019 As that Leave It to Beaver–era nickname implies, Loop delivers supermarket and drugstore staples—including toothpaste, detergent, mayonnaise, and ice cream—to consumers’ homes in durable, reusable containers. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "Change the World 2019: Where Business Creates Virtuous Circles," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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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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