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[kuh n-tey-ner] /kənˈteɪ nər/
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.
Origin of container
late Middle English
1400-50 for an earlier sense; 1495-1505 for def 1; late Middle English conteiner; see contain, -er1 Unabridged
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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 cargo.
  • 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.
  • Boil, cool, and seal the water with the floating contacts in an airtight container until morning.
  • He also stacks his pop cans on the kitchen counter or microwave, five feet away from the mostly empty recycling container.
  • container shipping, which carries many manufactured goods, is healthy.
  • It can be built into the bottom of a container ship in two weeks during regular dry-dock maintenance.
  • Getting an imported container out of customs takes weeks or months, unless the process is greased with money or influence.
  • And the widget adds to the container's cost, so brewers of stout would be delighted to find a way to get rid of it.
British Dictionary definitions for container


an object used for or capable of holding, esp for transport or storage, such as a carton, box, etc
  1. a large cargo-carrying standard-sized container that can be loaded from one mode of transport to another
  2. (as modifier): a container port, a container ship
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Word Origin and History for container

mid-15c., agent noun from contain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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