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      vb   tr  
1    to hold or be capable of holding or including within a fixed limit or area  
this contains five pints     
2    to keep (one's feelings, behaviour, etc.) within bounds; restrain  
3    to consist of; comprise  
the book contains three different sections     
4      (Military)   to prevent (enemy forces) from operating beyond a certain level or area  
5    to be a multiple of, leaving no remainder  
6 contains 2 and 3     
     (C13: from Old French contenir, from Latin continere, from com- together + tenere to hold)  
  containable      adj  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    accommodate, enclose, have capacity for, hold, incorporate, seat  
2    comprehend, comprise, embody, embrace, include, involve  
3    control, curb, hold back, hold in, keep a tight rein on, repress, restrain, stifle  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
1. shoot with a firearm using a type of cartridge that contains gunpowder but neither bullet nor pellet. 2. [slang][fig.] be infertile and unlikely to impregnate a woman (due to various issues such as a low sperm count)
1.The squaddies were training, shooting blanks 2.We had been trying to have a baby for ages until a series of fertility tests revealed I was shooting blanks.
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