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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.