[kuh n-teyn-muh nt]
- the act or condition of containing.
- an act or policy of restricting the territorial growth or ideological influence of another, especially a hostile nation.
- (in a nuclear power plant) an enclosure completely surrounding a nuclear reactor, designed to prevent the release of radioactive material in the event of an accident.
Origin of containment
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Examples from the Web for containment
The UK, too, is now an active player in the containment mission.Obama Warns UN of Looming Ebola ‘Catastrophe’
September 25, 2014
Frieden, who weeks ago claimed the “window was closing” on Ebola containment efforts, reaffirmed the need for an urgent response.CDC’s Worst Case Scenario: 1.4 Million Ebola Cases
September 23, 2014
If Obama spoke only of containment, John McCain might just have a stroke, and the Sunday shows would have to go off the air.Please—Let's Not Destroy ISIS
September 15, 2014
Kennan was the legendary Cold War strategist who authored the doctrine of containment.Rand Paul Gives War a Chance
August 18, 2014
Frieden emphasized that containment will require great care.Why the White Americans Got the ‘Secret’ Ebola Serum
August 8, 2014
The habit of containment, which had come with worldly experience, however, did not fail her.
- the act or condition of containing, esp of restraining the ideological or political power of a hostile country or the operations of a hostile military force
- (from 1947 to the mid-1970s) a principle of US foreign policy that sought to prevent the expansion of Communist power
- Also called: confinement physics the process of preventing the plasma in a controlled thermonuclear reactor from reaching the walls of the reaction vessel, usually by confining it within a configuration of magnetic fieldsSee magnetic bottle
Word Origin and History for containment
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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