- 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.
- 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.
- contempt of court,
- content analysis,
- content farm,
- content marketing,
- content provider,
- content word
Origin of content1
verb (used with object)
Origin of content2
Examples from the Web for contents
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|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|DAILY BEAST
It contents were instantly irrelevant, news from another century.
Inhofe, as the GOP head of the committee that controls that bill, is in a good position to influence its contents.Republicans Offer Obama ISIS War Authorization He Doesn’t Want|Josh Rogin|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After it reached Ethiopia, the contents were distributed and sold out in under two weeks.
The door of the dining-room is faced with looking-glass, so that it may reflect the contents of the conservatory.A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land|William R. Hughes
At the same time 2000 waggons were on the rails of the Petrograd station, their contents lying unutilized.England and Germany|Emile Joseph Dillon
The silk shops are the finest in the bazaar, but their contents are excessively dear, and are not very good.
Not to go over the preliminaries again, I did, when the proper time came, touch my tongue with the contents of the third jar.The Five Jars|Montague Rhodes James
The opening or dehiscence of the anthers to discharge their contents takes place either by clefts, by valves, or by pores.
- 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
Word Origin for content
Word Origin for content
"things contained" in something (the stomach, a document, etc.), early 15c., Latin contentum (plural contenta), neuter past participle of continere (see contain). Table of contents is late 15c.
early 15c., from Middle French contenter, from content (adj.) "satisfied," from Latin contentus "contained, satisfied," past participle of continere (see contain). Sense evolved through "contained," "restrained," to "satisfied," as the contented person's desires are bound by what he or she already has. Related: Contented; contentedly.
c.1400, from Old French content, "satisfied," from Latin contentus "contained, satisfied," past participle of continere (see contain). Related: Contently (largely superseded by contentedly).
"that which is contained," early 15c., from Latin contentum, contenta, noun use of past participle of continere (see contain). Meaning "satisfaction" is from 1570s; heart's content is from 1590s (Shakespeare).
see to one's heart's content.