containment

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Containment \Con*tain"ment\, noun

1. That which is contained; the extent; the substance. [Obs.]

The containment of a rich man's estate. --Fuller.

2. the act of containing. [PJC]

3. (Diplomacy) the act or policy of restricting the influence or territorial growth of a hostile nation.

Note: The policy of containment is employed when the defeat of a hostile nation or overthrow of its government is considered impractical or too costly. [PJC]

4. the act of restricting some deleterious substance within a confined space, especially when such material is released unintentionally or by accident; as, containment of nuclear waste; containment of an oil spill. Also used attributively, as a containment boom. [PJC]

5. a structure surrounding a nuclear power plant designed to prevent release of radioactive materials into the environment in the event of an accident. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

containment

noun

1: a policy of creating strategic alliances in order to check the expansion of a hostile power or ideology or to force it to negotiate peacefully; "containment of communist expansion was a central principle of United States' foreign policy from 1947 to the 1975"

2: (physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor

3: the act of containing; keeping something from spreading; "the containment of the AIDS epidemic"; "the containment of the rebellion"


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