Con·tain, v. i. To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
But if they can not contain, let them marry. --1 Cor. vii. 9.
Con·tain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contained p. pr. & vb. n. Containing.]
1. To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold.
Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens can not contain thee; how much less this house! --2 Chron. vi. 18.
When that this body did contain a spirit. --Shak.
What thy stores contain bring forth. --Milton.
2. To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to; as, a bushel contains four pecks.
3. To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds. [Obs., exept as used reflexively.]
The king's person contains the unruly people from evil occasions. --Spenser.
Fear not, my lord: we can contain ourselves. --Shak.
v 1: include or contain; have as a component; "A totally new idea
is comprised in this paper"; "The record contains many
old songs from the 1930's" [syn: incorporate, comprise]
2: contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The
canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
[syn: hold, bear, carry]
3: lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or
keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold
your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
[syn: control, hold in, hold, check, curb, moderate]
4: be divisible by; "24 contains 6"
5: be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take
all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon" [syn: take,
6: hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion
or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the
growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel
movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" [syn: check,
turn back, arrest, stop, hold back]