Meaning of container in English:


Pronunciation /kənˈteɪnə/

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  • 1An object for holding or transporting something.

    ‘the cakes will keep for up to two weeks if kept in an airtight container’
    • ‘It is packed in an airtight container such as a foil pouch to prevent it from absorbing moisture.’
    • ‘One by one she poured the water back into the bowl from the glass containers.’
    • ‘The tube did not make any contact with the glass container or with the pan of the balance.’
    • ‘Let cool and serve or store in small airtight containers for up to one month.’
    • ‘The jewelry she owned was displayed in a glass container in the corner of her closet.’
    • ‘Last week I had left a container of glass and cans to be collected as per the date stated, but the collection was never made.’
    • ‘The cookies can keep for at least a week or two, as long as they are properly stored in an airtight container.’
    • ‘Mix fresh cream and transfer the mixture in an airtight container and place in freezer.’
    • ‘These can even be stored in an airtight container and served later as a teatime snack.’
    • ‘Never store dangerous products in everyday containers such as milk bottles or drinking glasses.’
    • ‘How we're going to transport all these pots and containers to give us a good start.’
    • ‘It is also possible to use old glass containers for other purposes.’
    • ‘Toast up a batch on a weekend, and you can store it in an airtight container for weeks.’
    • ‘Back at home, remove both containers from the bag and uncover the broccoli and tofu.’
    • ‘Clean your cupboards placing all cereal packets in sealed plastic containers.’
    • ‘In addition I collect all the plastic bottles and containers and take them to the community recycling centre.’
    • ‘There are a few important considerations when gardening in pots and containers.’
    • ‘Yogurt pots and cream containers with drainage holes punched in their undersides make perfect plant pots.’
    • ‘The tray goes into the freezer for a couple of hours, then the frozen onions can be moved into freezer bags and containers.’
    • ‘While you work, pack perishables in an insulated cooler or a container lined with ice packs.’
    receptacle, vessel, holder, repository, canister, drum, box, case
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    1. 1.1A large metal box of a standard design and size used for the transport of goods by road, rail, sea, or air.
      as modifier ‘a container ship’
      • ‘The change over from box cars to containers was now complete, there is not one piece of track at the new shed!’
      • ‘Concerns are that oil and diesel could leak from lorries at the container terminal and seep into the sea and wetlands.’
      • ‘A container lorry which had been at the front of the line of traffic also left the scene without stopping.’
      • ‘You can travel here by air, by boat, by rail, or in a secret compartment in the back of a container lorry.’
      • ‘Soon after that, we saw on our left a car loading area with the car containers for transport.’
      • ‘The centre is home to around 35 boys who were living in three empty lorry containers.’
      • ‘Thailand will buy gamma-ray equipment to scan the metal elements in containers.’
      • ‘He would well know that a new import health standard for sea freight containers is out for consultation.’
      • ‘Opening titles intercut with images of huge metal containers piled high at a dock.’
      • ‘The container can be designed to avoid sinking through the partial melt so that its location remains fixed and known.’
      • ‘The cranes attach to the top of the containers and pick them up like a magnet lifting paper clips.’
      • ‘Changes would include lowering tracks so new larger containers could get under bridges and flyovers.’
      • ‘Passenger trains will continue even if a new container terminal is built, a rail expert has said.’
      • ‘He said the machine will reduce the risks that go with carrying oil and greases in drums and containers.’
      • ‘Pontoons would be opened to the extent that it was necessary to access containers below deck.’
      • ‘The container had toppled over when the lorry carrying it got stuck in mud.’
      • ‘The van appeared to be manoeuvring awkwardly and the police saw in the back a large number of drum containers.’
      • ‘Trucks loaded with boxes and containers drove out of an army base on the outskirts of town.’
      • ‘Smaller items are packed into shipping containers for the trip back to Australia.’
      • ‘It would take him about 10 minutes to walk round the vessel and check the containers.’
  • 2Computing
    A discrete environment set up within an operating system in which one or more applications may be run, typically assigned only those resources necessary for the application to function correctly.

    ‘more containers can run on a server than traditional virtual machines’
    • ‘Because they are usually pretty small, you can pack lots of containers onto a single computer.’
    • ‘Before containers became popular, so-called "virtual machines" were the go-to technology to allow a single server to run lots of different applications that were isolated from each other.’
    • ‘Containers are increasingly popular in the tech world.’
    • ‘Containers optimize computer data by processing it near the source of data.’
    • ‘In today's world, the likely path would be to create a container on a cloud server.’
    • ‘As this is a very simple application, it will basically deploy two containers - the web server and the database.’
    • ‘Moving to containers optimizes resource usage.’
    • ‘A new container can be created that's unaware of any work that previously occurred.’
    • ‘Breaches can quickly spread from the shared server kernel to a collection of containers residing on a server.’
    • ‘Containers have been part of the Linux world for a very long time.’