- Usually contents.
- something that is contained: the contents of a box.
- the subjects or topics covered in a book or document.
- the chapters or other formal divisions of a book or document: a table of contents.
- 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.
- significance or profundity; meaning: a clever play that lacks content.
- 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.
- that which may be perceived in something: the latent versus the manifest content of a dream.
- Philosophy, Logic. the sum of the attributes or notions comprised in a given conception; the substance or matter of cognition.
- power of containing; holding capacity: The bowl's content is three quarts.
- volume, area, or extent; size.
- the amount contained.
- Linguistics. the system of meanings or semantic values specific to a language (opposed to expression).
- Mathematics.the greatest common divisor of all the coefficients of a given polynomial.Compare primitive polynomial.
- any abstraction of the concept of length, area, or volume.
Origin of content1
- satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
- British. agreeing; assenting.
- Archaic. willing.
- to make content: These things content me.
- the state or feeling of being contented; satisfaction; contentment: His content was threatened.
- (in the British House of Lords) an affirmative vote or voter.
Origin of content2
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Examples from the Web for content
“It happens very often that the form smothers the content,” he says.Christoph Waltz on Bond, Burton, and Channeling His Inner Darkness
December 25, 2014
And while the HBOs and the Netflixs of the world are trying to deliver their content in new ways, so to are service providers.Binge Watching is the New Bonding Time
The Daily Beast
December 10, 2014
YouTube has signed up over a million partners (people who agree to run ads over their videos to make money from their content).How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
It has never been and cannot be a “media company” that markets “content.”Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine
December 5, 2014
The very nature of going “viral” is that it requires the content to be instantly, freely shareable.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
But I was not content with the first view that had been afforded me at the Exchange.
Until the furies got hold of him he was a simple soul, content with simple things.
Dick would be content if she went about in raiment made of dusters and bath towels.
Then even if it doesn't sell, even if nobody reads it, I will be content.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
It is a patent declaration: "This is only a play; laugh and we are content."The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
- (often plural) everything that is inside a containerthe contents of a box
- (usually plural)
- the chapters or divisions of a book
- a list, printed at the front of a book, of chapters or divisions together with the number of the first page of each
- the meaning or significance of a poem, painting, or other work of art, as distinguished from its style or form
- all that is contained or dealt with in a discussion, piece of writing, etc; substance
- the capacity or size of a thing
- the proportion of a substance contained in an alloy, mixture, etcthe lead content of petrol
- mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are
- assenting to or willing to accept circumstances, a proposed course of action, etc
- (tr) to make (oneself or another person) content or satisfiedto content oneself with property
- peace of mind; mental or emotional satisfaction
- British (in the House of Lords) a formal expression of assent, as opposed to the expression not content
Word Origin and History for content
early 15c., from Middle French contenter, from content (adj.) "satisfied," from Latin contentus "contained, satisfied," past participle 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; contentedly.
c.1400, from Old French content, "satisfied," from Latin contentus "contained, satisfied," past participle of continere (see contain). Related: Contently (largely superseded by contentedly).
"that which is contained," early 15c., from Latin contentum, contenta, noun use of past participle of continere (see contain). Meaning "satisfaction" is from 1570s; heart's content is from 1590s (Shakespeare).
- Something contained, as in a receptacle.
- The proportion of a specified substance present in something else, as of protein in a food.
- The subject matter or essential meaning of something, especially a dream.