- The definition of containment is keeping something restricted or under control, or to describe preventing a hostile country or hostile influence from expanding its influence.
- Efforts to stop a disease from spreading to new populations are an example of containment.
- Trying to keep a harmful dictator from expanding his reach is an example of containment.
containment definition by Webster's New World
- the policy of attempting to prevent the influence of an opposing nation or political system from spreading
- the U.S. post-WWII policy of checking the political and territorial expansion of the U.S.S.R.
- the systems used to confine highly radioactive experiments, fusion experiments, etc., esp. the steel and concrete shell used in a nuclear power plantin full containment structure
containment definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or condition of containing.
- A policy of checking the expansion or influence of a hostile power or ideology, as by the creation of strategic alliances or support of client states in areas of conflict or unrest.
- A structure or system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive materials from a reactor.
containment - Cultural Definition
A policy aimed at controlling the spread of communism around the world, developed in the administration of President Harry S. Truman. The formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1949 was an important step in the development of containment.