Definition of containment
1 : the act, process, or means of keeping something within limits the containment of health costs
2 : the policy, process, or result of preventing the expansion of a hostile power or ideology
Examples of containment in a Sentence
The company's hazardous waste containment plan is being reviewed.
The government needs to adopt a containment strategy.
Recent Examples of containment from the Web
Frank Anaya, 22, was tasked with clearing brush cut by another inmate firefighter to build a fire containment line around a mobile home park off Interstate 8-Business and Los Coches Road.
The fire, called the Murphy Lane Fire, was 80 percent contained around 7 p.m. and full containment was expected by 11 p.m., according to the Bureau of Land Management.
Firefighters built containment lines around at least 85 percent of the blaze.
There is classic containment, like the U.S. used against the Soviet Union in the Cold War.
Fire managers said Thursday at 25-mph (40-kph) wind gusts expanded the wildfire near the ski resort town of Brian Head to more than 91 square miles (236 square kilometers), though firefighters boosted its containment to 15 percent.
Fire managers said Thursday at 25-mph wind gusts have pushed the wildfire near Brian Head to more than 91 square miles, though firefighters have increased containment to 15 percent.
By Sunday evening, the fire had grown to 870 acres, with 50 percent containment, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The blaze has been at just 10 percent containment for several days.
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CONTAINMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of containment for English Language Learners
: the act of preventing the spread of something
: actions that are intended to keep an unfriendly government from getting more power
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