- A receptacle, such as a carton, can, or jar, in which material is held or carried.
- A large reusable receptacle that can accommodate smaller cartons or cases in a single shipment, designed for efficient handling of cargo.
- An item in which objects, materials or data can be stored or transported.
- A very large, typically metal, box used for transporting goods (also cargo container).
- (by extension) someone who holds people in their seats or in a (reasonably) calm state.
- (computing) A file format that can hold various types of data.
- (computing, graphical user interface) Any user interface component that can hold further (child) components.
container - Computer Definition
(1) Software that acts as a parent program to hold and execute a set of commands or to run other software routines.
(2) A multimedia file format that contains digital audio and video data streams that have been compressed with different algorithms (codecs). The container may also hold images, subtitles and other meta-data. See codec, metadata, Matroska, MPEG, AVI and QuickTime.