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container definition

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This page has 17 definitions of container with English translations in 8 languages. Container is a noun. Also define these 24 related words and terms: contain, store, transport, shipping container, ISO, computing, file format, abstract data type, graphical user interface, user interface, component, child, operating system, application, dependency, sandbox, virtualize, environment, cargo, dumpster, recycling bin, conteneur, contêiner, and contenedor.

See also: Container

English container definition

A cargo container (sense 3)

Etymology

From Middle English conteyner, equivalent to contain +‎ -er.

Pronunciation

Noun

container (plural containers)

  1. Someone who contains; something that contains.
  2. An item in which objects, materials or data can be stored or transported.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:container
  3. (transport) A very large, typically metal, box used for transporting goods.
    Synonyms: cargo container, shipping container
    • 1963 April, “Beyond the Channel: France: Freight stock of the future”, in Modern Railways, page 269:
      Will container development merely bring about a substitution for the body of the covered wagon? Probably not, in his view, but he believes that the size and tonnage of the container are likely to increase pari passu with the lifting capacity of handling appliances.
    • 2020 May 20, Industry Insider, “An online boost for freight”, in Rail, page 68:
      The specifiers of the Freightliner network had the foresight to base the rail journey on carrying ISO containers which are 8ft wide and originally 8ft tall (although now increased to a height of 9ft 6ins), with a variety of lengths.
    • Shipping Container definition
      A standardized reusable steel box used for the storage and transportation of materials and products within a freight transport system.
  4. (by extension) Someone who holds people in their seats or in a (reasonably) calm state.
  5. (computing) A file format that can hold various types of data.
    Synonym: container format
    • 2011, Cory Altheide; Harlan Carvey, Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools, page 187:
      As the MP4 container can store audio, video, or both, the M4A naming and file extension is used to hint that this MP4 container holds solely audio information.
  6. (object-oriented programming) An abstract data type whose instances are collections of other objects.
    • 2015, Ivor Horton, Using the C++ Standard Template Libraries, Apress, →ISBN, page 64:
      This advantage is the primary incentive for using a list container, rather than a vector or a deque.
    • Abstract Data Type definition
      A data type defined only by data properties and operations to be performed on the data without any specification as to how the data will be represented or the operations performed.
  7. (computing, graphical user interface) Any user interface component that can hold further (child) components.
    • 2007, Rich Tretola; Simon Barber; Renaun Erickson, Professional Adobe Flex 2, John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 62:
      Flex automatically creates a TabBar container at the top of the TabNavigator container, with a tab corresponding to each child container. Each tab can have its own label and icon.
    • Graphical User Interface definition
      A type of user interface which allows people to interact with a computer through a metaphor of direct manipulation of graphical images and widgets in addition to text.
    • Component definition
      A smaller, self-contained part of a larger entity. Often refers to a manufactured object that is part of a larger device.
  8. (computing) A bundle consisting of operating system, application code and dependencies to be run sandboxed inside a virtualized environment; (by extension) the environment itself.
    Synonym: software container
    • 2017, Maddie Stigler, Beginning Serverless Computing, Apress, →ISBN, page 1:
      Generally, when people think of serverless computing, they tend to think of applications with back-ends that run on third-party services, also described as code running on ephemeral containers.
    • Operating System definition
      Software for controlling the allocation and use of various hardware resources (memory, CPU time, disk space, input and output devices) to tasks and remote terminals.
    • Dependency definition
      A state of dependence; a refusal to exercise initiative. (1 of 6 dependency definitions)
    • Environment definition
      The surroundings of, and influences on, a particular item of interest. (1 of 7 environment definitions)

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Dutch container definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English container.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌkɔnˈteː.nər/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: con‧tai‧ner
  • Rhymes: -eːnər

Noun

container m (plural containers, diminutive containertje n)

  1. cargo container
    Synonym: vrachtcontainer
  2. dumpster or domestic recycling bin, large waste container
    Synonyms: afvalcontainer, vuilcontainer

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French container definition

Etymology

From English container (during the 1920s).

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Noun

container f (plural containers)

  1. container
    Synonym: conteneur

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Italian container definition

Etymology

From English container.

Noun

container m (invariable)

  1. (cargo) container (a very large, typically metal, box used for transporting goods)

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Further reading

  • container in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Norwegian Bokmål container definition

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Etymology

From English container.

Noun

container m (definite singular containeren, indefinite plural containere, definite plural containerne)

  1. a container (large metal box for transporting goods)

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Norwegian Nynorsk container definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From English container.

Noun

container m (definite singular containeren, indefinite plural containerar, definite plural containerane)

  1. a container (large metal box for transporting goods)

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Portuguese container definition

Noun

container m (plural containers)

  1. Alternative spelling of contêiner
    • Contêiner definition
      container (a very large, typically metal, box used for transporting goods)

Spanish container definition

Etymology

From English container.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /konˈteineɾ/, [kõn̪ˈt̪ei̯.neɾ]

Noun

container m (plural containers)

  1. container
    Synonym: contenedor
    • Contenedor definition
      containing

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Swedish container definition

Etymology

From English container.

Pronunciation

Noun

container c

  1. container

Declension

Declension of container 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative container containern containrar containrarna
Genitive containers containerns containrars containrarnas