(?), n. 1. That which is contained; the extent; the substance. [Obs.]
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The containment of a rich man's estate.
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2. the act of containing.

3. (Diplomacy) the act or policy of restricting the influence or territorial growth of a hostile nation. The policy of containment is employed when the defeat of a hostile nation or overthrow of its government is considered impractical or too costly.

4. the act of restricting some deleterious substance within a confined space, especially when such material is released unintentionally or by accident; as, containment of nuclear waste; containment of an oil spill. Also used attributively, as a containment boom.

5. a structure surrounding a nuclear power plant designed to prevent release of radioactive materials into the environment in the event of an accident.


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