Meaning of self-contained in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɛlfkənˈteɪnd/

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  • 1(of a thing) complete, or having all that is needed, in itself.

    ‘every section of the painting is a self-contained unit’
    • ‘a handheld, self-contained CD–ROM system’
    • ‘Their completely self-contained unit is environmentally friendly, water wise, while the company will also take away the waste water.’
    • ‘It is a completely self-contained cooling unit, which is located outside of the computer case.’
    • ‘Planning permission is not required for the sub-division of the altered building into separate self-contained retail units.’
    • ‘The effect of the Order is that where, within a single building, there are a number of self-contained units, each of those self-contained units is separately assessed for council tax purposes.’
    • ‘In our health clubs we have self-contained shower units offering women complete privacy to wash and get changed.’
    • ‘The proposed development will contain 16 self-contained living units specifically designed with the needs of Alzheimer's patients in mind.’
    • ‘The tentative plans call for about 100 self-contained units, with subsidized rent based on income.’
    • ‘The brand new facilities, compete with self-contained shower units, two large changing areas and a physio room, have been installed at the New Lane site thanks to extensive funding.’
    • ‘Family farms are no longer self-contained units, and the work force now moves around, contracting in specialist areas.’
    • ‘That way this self-contained unit will not put pressure on resources in towns and cities.’
    • ‘Construction and development from this point right up to the 1960's has left a kind of villa colony, with various self-contained units erected across the rolling countryside.’
    • ‘A village has to be a self-contained unit, providing basic necessities like food, housing, clothing and education.’
    • ‘The toilet, which is a fully self-contained unit, requires no water inlet, no connection to a sewer, and no chemicals, but does require an electrical connection and a vent to the outside.’
    • ‘When their doors are closed, the rooms, clad in dark cedar tongue-in-groove siding, blend into the trees and become self-contained units linked by a void of skylit corridors.’
    • ‘It provides an opportunity to acquire a substantial family home in a sought-after location, while the potential offered by the self-contained unit should also prove a big plus.’
    • ‘Biodynamic farmers have long believed that the farm should be a self-contained unit, where animals eat the crops and recycle the nutrients back to nourish the next crop.’
    • ‘It comprises another double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and a spacious reception room and could be used as a self-contained unit or integrated with the rest of the property.’
    • ‘However, because there is also a well equipped bathroom with both a bath and shower at this level, there is the possibility of using the property as two self-contained units.’
    • ‘The consensus among contractors seems to be that a tow-along or pull-type scraper is less expensive than a self-contained unit.’
    • ‘Some have sidecar expanders for more faders, knobs, meters or a joystick; some units are entirely self-contained.’
    complete, independent, separate, free-standing, enclosed
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    1. 1.1British (of accommodation) having its own kitchen and bathroom, and typically its own private entrance.
      ‘a group of self-contained flats’
      • ‘Other accommodation includes a small self-contained house at the back of the main building, which has a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette and its own entrance that opens onto the cobbled stable yard.’
      • ‘The remainder of the property is laid out in bedroom accommodation with a self-contained apartment on the first floor and an additional seven to eight bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floors.’
      • ‘There are also 16 converted cottages that provide charming self-contained accommodation in the grounds.’
      • ‘The self-contained chalets are private and overlook a deep harbour but there's a restaurant offering basic hearty fodder if you need it.’
      • ‘Subject to planning permission, this could be converted into a self-contained apartment or granny flat.’
      • ‘Covering up to 5000 sq ft, each of the five-bedroom homes will have self-contained apartments over the triple garage, suitable as guest accommodation or as a home office.’
      • ‘There is also a self-contained apartment with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette and its own separate entrance.’
      • ‘These will provide self-contained accommodation for two families of up to five members each.’
      • ‘If re-housing is considered as an option for him, maybe he would be better off in his own self-contained accommodation.’
      • ‘Accommodation includes two sun lounges, study, two self-contained apartments and five bedrooms.’
      • ‘The self-contained accommodation at garden level is accessed separately from the front garden.’
      • ‘We created a self-contained house within the rectory, comprising mainly the attic, with steep stairs going through a couple of rooms in the lower floors.’
      • ‘It boasts four reception rooms, seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and a self-contained flat.’
      • ‘Subject to planning permission, this could be converted into self-contained accommodation, a games room or home office.’
      • ‘There are also three adjoining annexes, one with six bedrooms (all en-suite), as well as a self-contained apartment and another two with three en-suite bedrooms apiece.’
      • ‘At the moment, yet another project is under way - an old barn out the side that is being converted into a self-contained apartment for older children or guests.’
      • ‘Plans to turn an old mill into three self-contained apartments will be considered by planners in Rossendale this week.’
      • ‘There are two self-contained cottages facing the courtyard, but no stables.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the original entrance could be restored and the garden level accommodation turned into a self-contained flat.’
      • ‘The original castle consisted of the main house, three self-contained apartments, garages, yacht workshop and stables, stretching over several acres.’
  • 2(of a person) quiet and independent; not depending on or influenced by others.

    ‘he's very self-contained’
    • ‘Fred is a quiet, unassuming, self-contained scientist with a tremendous capacity for seeing a difficult practical problem through to its conclusion.’
    • ‘He's now self-contained and self-sufficient in a whole new way and he's even more dangerous here than in Magnolia.’
    • ‘I can look after myself better than most people; I'm self-contained.’
    • ‘Until recently, Americans thought of themselves as a self-contained people with a nationally bound culture and economy that can be conceptualized and managed in the way that civics texts describe.’
    • ‘He is very self-contained, and doesn't really like all that.’
    • ‘Gillian Anderson is supremely self-contained, demonstrating a subtlety in her performance that mirrors the style of the film.’
    • ‘She is self-contained, but you can tell by looking at her face that she is tired.’
    • ‘He was a very self-contained man but had extraordinary insight into physics and mathematics.’
    • ‘Armstrong is a good conductor and a self-contained man, myopic by design.’
    • ‘She is not aloof and yet there seems something rather self-contained about her.’
    independent, standing on one's own two feet, self-sufficient, self-reliant, introverted, undemonstrative, quiet, private, aloof, insular, reserved, unemotional, uncommunicative, reticent, secretive
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