container definition by Webster's New World
container definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
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.