anything that contains or can contain something, as a carton, box, crate, or can.
a large, vanlike, reuseable box for consolidating smaller crates or cartons into a single shipment, designed for easy and fast loading and unloading of freight.

1400–50 for an earlier sense; 1495–1505 for def 1; late Middle English conteiner; see contain, -er1 Unabridged
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container (kənˈteɪnə)
1.  an object used for or capable of holding, esp for transport or storage, such as a carton, box, etc
2.  a.  a large cargo-carrying standard-sized container that can be loaded from one mode of transport to another
 b.  (as modifier): a container port; a container ship

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Strain the broth into a bowl or a storage container.
Those bath toys and sneakers have come from container ships that lost their
The bees in one container were flavored with soy sauce and the bees in the
  other container had no flavoring.
If the tea container shattered, whoever caused the accident would be beheaded.
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