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self-contained

[self-kuh n-teynd, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˈteɪnd, ˌsɛlf-/
adjective
1.
containing in oneself or itself all that is necessary; independent.
2.
reserved or uncommunicative.
3.
self-controlled or self-possessed.
4.
(of a machine or mechanism) complete in itself.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95
Related forms
self-containedly
[self-kuh n-tey-nid-lee, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˈteɪ nɪd li, ˌsɛlf-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
self-containedness, noun
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Examples for self-contained
  • It's a self-contained ecosystem surrounded by these ridges.
  • The hydro-pneumo system uses a self-contained air-and-water turbine system as a motor.
  • Also found in the cave were bacteria that serve as the basic food source in the self-contained community.
  • Some are overdeveloped, with large, self-contained resort complexes located some distance from the main local communities.
  • Our expedition will be a self-contained team of four people.
  • Each space mouse will have its own self-contained module with automatic food and water dispensers.
  • The self-contained system does not communicate with any network.
  • It's a self-contained city, a stage for myriad dramas, an object of wonder.
  • They provide a self-contained environment where everything a family needs, from entertainment to dining, is within reach.
  • Recreational vehicles need to be self-contained here as well.
British Dictionary definitions for self-contained

self-contained

adjective
1.
containing within itself all parts necessary for completeness
2.
(of a flat) having its own kitchen, bathroom, and lavatory not shared by others and usually having its own entrance
3.
able or tending to keep one's feelings, thoughts, etc, to oneself; reserved
4.
able to control one's feelings or emotions in the presence of others
Derived Forms
self-containedly, adverb
self-containedness, noun
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