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Definitions of contain

  1. contain or hold; have within; " The jar carries wine"; " The canteen holds fresh water"; " This can contains water"
  2. include or contain; have as a component; " A totally new idea is comprised in this paper"; " The record contains many old songs from the 1930's"
  3. be divisible by; " 24 contains 6"
  4. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; " moderate your alcohol intake"; " hold your tongue"; " hold your temper"; " control your anger"
  5. be capable of holding or containing; " This box won't take all the items"; " The flask holds one gallon"
  6. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; " Arrest the downward trend"; " Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; " Contain the rebel movement"; " Turn back the tide of communism"
  7. To restrain.
  8. To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold.
  9. To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to; as, a bushel contains four pecks.
  10. To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.
  11. To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
  12. To hold; keep within bounds; inclose; to be equivalent to; to hold back: used reflexively; as, she could scarcely contain herself; to be exactly divisible by.
  13. Container.
  14. To hold together: to comprise, to include: to restrain.
  15. To comprise; include; hold; restrain.
  16. To have room for; hold; enclose.
  17. To be able to hold, as a vessel; to comprehend, comprise, or include; to hold or restrain.
  18. To be able to hold; to have capacity; to comprehend; to hold within limits; to include; to embrace; to inclose.
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Quotes of contain

  1. We cannot therefore say that mental acts contain a cognitive as well as a conative element. – Samuel Alexander
  2. All churches and all religions contain aspects of the truth, but only God is truth. – Pat Buckley
  3. The art galleries of Paris contain the finest collection of frames I ever saw. – Humphry Davy
  4. History books that contain no lies are extremely dull. – Anatole France
  5. Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal. – Victor Hugo
  6. A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything. – Gustav Mahler
  7. The greatest artist has no conception which a single block of white marble does not potentially contain within its mass, but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to this image. – Michelangelo
  8. The egg of every species of animal or plant carries a definite number of bodies called chromosomes. The sperm carries the same number. Consequently, when the sperm unites with the egg, the fertilized egg will contain the double number of chromosomes. – Thomas Hunt Morgan
  9. If we don't stop somewhere, if we don't accept an unhappy compromise, unhappy for both sides, if we don't learn how to unhappily coexist and contain our burned sense of injustice- if we don't learn how to do that, we end up in a doomed state. – Amos Oz
  10. Our intonations contain our philosophy of life, what each of us is constantly telling himself about things. – Marcel Proust
  11. All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value. – Carl Sagan
  12. The international order established at the end of World War II could certainly have been worse. However, this order did contain certain factors which bore within them the seeds of instability. – Eisaku Sato
  13. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. – William Strunk, Jr.
  14. Size is not a reality, but a construct of the mind; and space a construct to contain constructs. – Robert Anton Wilson

Usage examples for contain

  1. Does this sentence contain the secret history of the failure of Commandant Eloff? – The Siege of Mafeking (1900) by J. Angus Hamilton
  2. English newspapers frequently contain advertisements offering them for sale. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  3. Does any one claim, or imagine, that school- books contain much nourishment for the heart and soul, or the moral feelings, or love of beauty? – Heart and Soul by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
  4. I was delighted to hear that it will contain a portrait, for that will be just what I wish for. – Miss Ellis's Mission by Mary P. Wells Smith
  5. Both men had the same thought- a new will, witnessed by two people, one of whom was dead, and the other a fugitive from justice; what did this will contain – The Man Who Knew by Edgar Wallace
  6. Both his names contain seven letters. – The Siege of the Seven Suitors by Meredith Nicholson
  7. She cannot contain herself." – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. I can contain no longer. – The Comedies of Terence by Publius Terentius Afer
  9. Unable to contain her admiration, she spoke her thought. – A Book Without A Title by George Jean Nathan
  10. This lodge was large enough to contain fifty persons. – Pioneers in Canada by Sir Harry Johnston
  11. Yet what does it contain – Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III. by John Symonds
  12. He could contain himself no longer. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  13. Those papers contain your whole history- do you understand?" – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  14. There he goes- can't contain himself any longer! – The Great Hunger by Johan Bojer
  15. As for me, I could not contain myself. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 13 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  16. Prasville had to make an effort to contain himself and to answer in a tone that was civil, or nearly so: I admit everything. – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  17. Should a receipt also contain any other statement or contract beside the payment of money, this would have the same effect as any other contract between the parties, and would be equally binding on them. – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles
  18. It seems to me now to contain the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, about that particular book, and to allow for whatever I may have done in verse since then. – Figures of Several Centuries by Arthur Symons
  19. She would have much preferred to return to Loring, to have put miles between herself and Bullhampton, before she wrote a letter which must contain words of happy joy. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  20. As Maillot dropped into his chair, Stodger could no longer contain himself. – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk

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