Meaning of content


Pronunciation: (kon'tent), [key]
— n.
  1. Usually, the contents of a box.
    1. something that is contained:the contents of a box.
    2. the subjects or topics covered in a book or document.
    3. the chapters or other formal divisions of a book or document:a table of contents.
  2. something that is to be expressed through some medium, as speech, writing, or any of various arts: a poetic form adequate to a poetic content.
  3. significance or profundity; meaning: a clever play that lacks content.
  4. that which may be perceived in something: the latent versus the manifest content of a dream.
  5. the sum of the attributes or notions comprised in a given conception; the substance or matter of cognition.
  6. power of containing; holding capacity: The bowl's content is three quarts.
  7. volume, area, or extent; size.
  8. the amount contained.
  9. the system of meanings or semantic values specific to a language (opposed to expression).
    1. Math.the greatest common divisor of all the coefficients of a given polynomial. Cf. primitive polynomial.
    2. any abstraction of the concept of length, area, or volume.


Pronunciation: (kun-tent'), [key]
— adj.
  1. satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
  2. agreeing; assenting.
  3. willing.
  1. to make content: These things content me.
  1. the state or feeling of being contented; contentment: His content was threatened.
  2. (in the British House of Lords) an affirmative vote or voter.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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