containment

noun
con·tain·ment | \kən-ˈtān-mənt \

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.

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Firefighters have been focused on areas where there are people and property, and some days there is progress there but fire growth in other areas outpaces the places where containment improves, Pechota said. Steve Almasy And Marlena Baldacci, CNN, "Colorado firefighters hope for break in hot, dry weather," 13 June 2018 The department referred questions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which said in a statement that containment strategies are being evaluated because of recent and expected rain in the area. Washington Post, "Oil spill not expected to disrupt water supplies downstream," 25 June 2018 Firefighters on Sunday continued to work on a fire-containment line both on the ground and from the air. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Judd Fire near Bisbee now 65 percent contained," 10 June 2018 The barrel that ruptured had been moved to the containment structure in preparation for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Keith Ridler, chicagotribune.com, "Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site," 12 Apr. 2018 The barrel that ruptured had been moved to the containment structure in preparation for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site," 12 Apr. 2018 While there are some general principles that apply to all, such as containment of the organism during early testing, the risks and challenges of each must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Anthony A. James, STAT, "Gene-drive technology must be developed in a safe, ethical way," 10 July 2018 Until the very end, Toller maintains a proper pastoral demeanor, conveying the compassion and self-containment that are aspects of both his temperament and his professionalism. Paul Schrader, New York Times, "Review: ‘First Reformed’ Is an Epiphany. Ethan Hawke Is, Too.," 17 May 2018 The new blazes come as firefighters near the finish line on the West fire in Alpine, with 97 percent containment of a fire that destroyed nearly three dozen homes last week, the agency said. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Crews tackling fires near Escondido, Otay Mountain," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of containment

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for containment

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containment

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English Language Learners Definition of containment

: 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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