verb (used with object)
Origin of contain
Examples from the Web for containing
Methane (chemical formula CH4) is one of the simplest hydrocarbons, which literally means “containing hydrogen and carbon.”
The father had a plastic bag in each hand, containing two of the turkeys he had come to pass out to people in the neighborhood.
“Rapid ‘contact tracing’ will be key to containing the disease in West Africa,” it reads.
Prince William was seen clutching an envelope, when they left, most likely containing images of the scan.
A CDC that seems perplexed by the ABCs of containing a highly predictable outbreak.
The park proper, containing more than twelve hundred hectares, is one of the largest and most thickly wooded in France.Royal Palaces and Parks of France|Milburg Francisco Mansfield
I remarked that the one containing the chief priest had fallen into a rivulet, as if fate was not tired of drowning him.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan|James Morier
In front and at his feet lies the town of Gettysburg, containing, in quiet times, a population of four or five thousand souls.Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field|Thomas W. Knox
One of these is the country of New Mexico, containing many towns, and 100,000 inhabitants.The Desert Home|Mayne Reid
Next is Pygela, a small town, containing a temple of Diana Munychia.
British Dictionary definitions for containing
- to be a multiple of, leaving no remainder6 contains 2 and 3
- to have as a subset
Word Origin for contain
Word Origin and History for containing
late 13c., from Old French contein-, stem of contenir, from Latin continere (transitive) "to hold together, enclose," from com- "together" (see com-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Containable.