self-con·​tained | \ ˌself-kən-ˈtānd \

Definition of self-contained

1a : complete in itself : independent a self-contained machine a self-contained program of study
b : built-in a lectern with a self-contained light fixture
2a : showing self-control
b : formal and reserved in manner

Other Words from self-contained

self-containedly \ ˌself-​kən-​ˈtā-​nəd-​lē , -​ˈtānd-​lē \ adverb
self-containedness \ ˌself-​kən-​ˈtā-​nəd-​nəs , -​ˈtān(d)-​nəs \ noun
self-containment \ ˌself-​kən-​ˈtān-​mənt \ noun

First Known Use of self-contained

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of self-contained was in 1605

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English Language Learners Definition of self-contained

: not requiring help or support from anyone or anything else : complete by itself

: tending to keep thoughts and feelings private and to deal with things without help from other people

: having a kitchen and bathroom

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to gather or build up little by little

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