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.
Other definitions for content (2 of 2)
satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
British. agreeing; assenting.
to make content: These things content me.
- con·tent·a·ble, adjective
- con·tent·ly, adverb
- con·tent·ness, noun
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How to use content in a sentence
When I saw it listed on the contents page, I thought, “Why would he write about a song that insipid?”Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs | Allen Barra | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Such museums have a long history even if his is slightly different thanks to its odd contents.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum | Liza Foreman | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Tarantino nixed that idea, instead choosing to have the contents be whatever you want it to be.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary | Marlow Stern | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She said pageant contents are just the most visible product of the cosmetic industry now at risk.Venezuela Now Has Toilet Paper but No Breast Implants | Jason Batansky | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It contents were instantly irrelevant, news from another century.
If old Piegan Smith hadn't been sampling the contents of that keg so industriously he would never have made a break.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Dan inserted the primer, pulled the lanyard and sent the contents of the gun into the ranks of the enemy.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
But Lady Hartledon did not hear; or if she heard, did not heed; she was already absorbed in the contents of her letter.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
The contents of the pipe-chest he thoroughly knew, for often he counted the pipes.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
An hour later, I heard he was dead: that on his way to his home he had purchased a bottle of laudanum and swallowed the contents!Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for content (1 of 2)
(often plural) everything that is inside a container: the contents of a box
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, etc: the lead content of petrol
British Dictionary definitions for content (2 of 2)
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 satisfied: to 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
- contently, adverb
- contentment, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with content
see to one's heart's content.
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