/kon"tent/, n.1. Usually, contents.a. something that is contained: the contents of a box.b. the subjects or topics covered in a book or document.c. the chapters or other formal divisions of a book or document: a table of contents.2. something that is to be expressed through some medium, as speech, writing, or any of various arts: a poetic form adequate to a poetic content.3. significance or profundity; meaning: a clever play that lacks content.4. substantive information or creative material viewed in contrast to its actual or potential manner of presentation: publishers, record companies, and other content providers; a flashy Web site, but without much content.5. that which may be perceived in something: the latent versus the manifest content of a dream.6. Philos., Logic. the sum of the attributes or notions comprised in a given conception; the substance or matter of cognition.7. power of containing; holding capacity: The bowl's content is three quarts.8. volume, area, or extent; size.9. the amount contained.10. Ling. the system of meanings or semantic values specific to a language (opposed to expression).11. -a. Math. the greatest common divisor of all the coefficients of a given polynomial. Cf. primitive polynomial.b. any abstraction of the concept of length, area, or volume.[1375-1425; late ME ( < AF) < ML contentum, n. use of neut. of L contentus (ptp. of continere to contain), equiv. to con- CON- + ten- hold + -tus ptp. suffix]content2—contentable, adj. —contently, adv. —contentness, n./keuhn tent"/, adj.1. satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.2. Brit. agreeing; assenting.3. Archaic. willing.v.t.4. to make content: These things content me.n.5. the state or feeling of being contented; contentment: His content was threatened.6. (in the British House of Lords) an affirmative vote or voter.[1400-50; late ME < MF < L contentus satisfied, special use of ptp. of continere; see CONTENT1]Ant. 4. dissatisfy.
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