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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Example sentences for containers
He developed plastic containers used in households to contain food and keep it
It is widely used in the manufacture of corrugated boxes and shipping
Old corrugated containers are an excellent source of fibre for recycling.
Finally, there are sundry bags and containers for holding knitting, yarns and
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