Definition of container in English:



  • 1An object for holding or transporting something.

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