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
The mixture of hydrogen and oxygen in the right proportions could become explosive and rip the lid off the reactor or containment building.
Masashi Goto, a former Toshiba engineer who specialized in nuclear containment vessels, said Nishida was overly confident, as his background was not in the industry.
And then stopped for fuel in Aden, Yemen … before it was scheduled … to be on station as part of the Iraqi containment operations.
The two words 'nuclear meltdown' spark visions of protective suits, containment zones and cancer.
Then, in the third week of May, the crisis consuming Trump’s Presidency exceeded the capacity for containment.
Officials say crews are building a hand line on the eastern border and plan to use roads to the north and south for containment.
Typically, inmate firefighters are armed with such tools as shovels and pickaxes, and focus on establishing fire containment lines in rugged terrain.
Late on July 7, the vials were transported safely and securely with the assistance of federal and local law enforcement agencies to CDC’s high-containment facility in Atlanta.
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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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