container

[ kuh n-tey-ner ]
/ kənˈteɪ nər /

noun

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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for container

container

/ (kənˈteɪnə) /

noun

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

container


n.

mid-15c., agent noun from contain.

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