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Continent, subst., that which contains and encloses some thing; 1) the cover: “a plot which is not tomb enough and c. to hide the slain,” Hml. IV, 4, 64. “rive your concealing --s,” Lr. III, 2, 58. “heart, once be stronger than thy c.” Ant. IV, 14, 40. -- 2) the land, as enclosing rivers and seas: they (the rivers) “have overborne their --s,” Mids. II, 1, 92. “gelding the opposed c. as much as on the other side it takes from you,” H4A III, 1, 110. “thou globe of sinful --s,” H4B II, 4, 309. “make the c., weary of solid firmness, melt itself into the sea,” III, 1, 47. -- 3) a receptacle: “and all those swearings keep as true in soul as doth that orbed c. the fire that severs day from night,” Tw. V, 278 (viz the sun as the seat and source of light). Hence, figuratively == the abstract, inventory: “my c. of beauty,” LLL IV, 1, 111. “here's the scroll, the c. and summary of my fortune,” Merch. III, 2, 131. “you shall find in him the c. of what part a gentleman would see,” Hml. V, 2, 115.
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