• (RP) IPA: /kənˈteɪnə/
  • (America) IPA: /kənˈteɪnɚ/

container (plural containers)

  1. Someone who contains; something that contains.
  2. An item in which objects, materials or data can be stored or transported.
  3. (transportation) A very large, typically metal, box used for transporting goods.
    Synonyms: cargo container
  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.
    • 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.
  7. (computing, GUI) Any user interface component that can hold further (child) components.
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