- keeping one's affairs to oneself; reserved
- showing self-command or self-control
- having all working parts, complete with motive power, in an enclosed unit: said of machinery
- having within oneself or itself all that is necessary; self-sufficient, as a community
The homeowners are installing solar panels and a garden system so they can become more self contained and rely less on outside resources.
- An example of self contained is an all-in-one stereo system that has the speakers, wire and receiver and doesn't need anything else.
- An example of self contained is a person totally content with his own company and not needy for the love, company or support of others.
The definition of self contained refers to something or someone that is complete on its own and that doesn't need anything else.
- Constituting a complete and independent unit in and of itself: A self-contained dictionary defines every word contained within it.
- a. Not dependent on others; self-sufficient: a self-contained settlement in the Arctic.b. Keeping to oneself; reserved.
(comparative more self-contained, superlative most self-contained)
- Not requiring external or additional support; complete in itself.
- a self-contained apartment
- a self-contained classroom
- An interesting thing about coconuts is that, as seeds, they are so self-contained that they can float for long periods of time across the water, eventually washing up on foreign shores and taking root there.
- There are really only a few parts that tend to need replacing from time to time on the Osterizer blender and since the motor is self-contained within its housing, the company doesn't offer replacement parts for it.
- A self-contained 'city', aircraft carriers aren't the speediest things afloat, but can transport a fleet of fighters to whatever part of the world they might be required.
- These are self-contained temperature controlled coolers that effectively control temperatures as well but will only hold anywhere from 20 bottles to a couple of hundred.
- The George Foreman product line is recognized by many as the industry standard in affordable self-contained electric grills and rotisserie ovens designed for home use.