content

1 [kon-tent]
noun
1.
Usually, contents.
a.
something that is contained: the contents of a box.
b.
the subjects or topics covered in a book or document.
c.
the chapters or other formal divisions of a book or document: a table of contents.
2.
something that is to be expressed through some medium, as speech, writing, or any of various arts: a poetic form adequate to a poetic content.
3.
significance or profundity; meaning: a clever play that lacks content.
4.
substantive information or creative material viewed in contrast to its actual or potential manner of presentation: publishers, record companies, and other content providers; a flashy website, but without much content.
5.
that which may be perceived in something: the latent versus the manifest content of a dream.
6.
Philosophy, Logic. the sum of the attributes or notions comprised in a given conception; the substance or matter of cognition.
7.
power of containing; holding capacity: The bowl's content is three quarts.
8.
volume, area, or extent; size.
9.
the amount contained.
10.
Linguistics. the system of meanings or semantic values specific to a language (opposed to expression ).
11.
a.
Mathematics. the greatest common divisor of all the coefficients of a given polynomial. Compare primitive polynomial.
b.
any abstraction of the concept of length, area, or volume.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin contentum, noun use of neuter of Latin contentus (past participle of continēre to contain), equivalent to con- con- + ten- hold + -tus past participle suffix

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content

2 [kuhn-tent]
adjective
1.
satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
2.
British. agreeing; assenting.
3.
Archaic. willing.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make content: These things content me.
noun
5.
the state or feeling of being contented; satisfaction; contentment: His content was threatened.
6.
(in the British House of Lords) an affirmative vote or voter.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin contentus satisfied, special use of past participle of continēre; see content1

contentable, adjective
contently, adverb
contentness, noun


4. appease, gratify. See satisfy.


4. dissatisfy.
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content1 (ˈkɒntɛnt)
 
n
1.  (often plural) everything that is inside a container: the contents of a box
2.  (usually plural)
 a.  the chapters or divisions of a book
 b.  a list, printed at the front of a book, of chapters or divisions together with the number of the first page of each
3.  the meaning or significance of a poem, painting, or other work of art, as distinguished from its style or form
4.  all that is contained or dealt with in a discussion, piece of writing, etc; substance
5.  the capacity or size of a thing
6.  the proportion of a substance contained in an alloy, mixture, etc: the lead content of petrol
 
[C15: from Latin contentus contained, from continēre to contain]

content2 (kənˈtɛnt)
 
adj
1.  mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are
2.  assenting to or willing to accept circumstances, a proposed course of action, etc
 
vb
3.  (tr) to make (oneself or another person) content or satisfied: to content oneself with property
 
n
4.  peace of mind; mental or emotional satisfaction
 
interj
5.  (Brit) (in the House of Lords) a formal expression of assent, as opposed to the expression not content
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin contentus contented, that is, having restrained desires, from continēre to restrain]
 
con'tently2
 
adv
 
con'tentment2
 
n

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content
early 15c., from M.Fr. contenter, from content (adj.), c.1400, from L. contentus "contained, satisfied," pp. of continere (see contain). Sense evolved through "contained," "restrained," to "satisfied," as the contented person's desires are bound by what he or she already
has. Related: Contented (1520s); contentedly (1550s); contently (17c., superseded by contentedly).

contents
1520s, from L. contentum (pl. contenta), neut. pp. of continere (see contain).
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content con·tent (kŏn'těnt')
n.

  1. Something contained, as in a receptacle.

  2. The proportion of a specified substance present in something else, as of protein in a food.

  3. The subject matter or essential meaning of something, especially a dream.

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However you react, the cover won't bore you, and the contents will delight you.
Plenty of room makes it easier to toss the contents.
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