Contain Con*tain", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Containing}.] [OE. contenen, conteinen, F. contenir, fr. L. continere, -tentum; con- + tenere to hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Countenance}.] 1. To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold. [1913 Webster]

Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens can not contain thee; how much less this house! --2 Chron. vi. 18. [1913 Webster]

When that this body did contain a spirit. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

What thy stores contain bring forth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to; as, a bushel contains four pecks. [1913 Webster]

3. To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds. [Obs., exept as used reflexively.] [1913 Webster]

The king's person contains the unruly people from evil occasions. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Fear not, my lord: we can contain ourselves. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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