container

[kuh n-tey-ner]
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noun
  1. anything that contains or can contain something, as a carton, box, crate, or can.
  2. 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

1400–50 for an earlier sense; 1495–1505 for def 1; late Middle English conteiner; see contain, -er1
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container

noun
  1. 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
n.

mid-15c., agent noun from contain.

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