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.