content

Definitions

General English

  • adjective happy with what is happening in your life
  • noun a feeling of satisfaction
  • plural noun things which are inside something
  • plural noun the list of chapters in a book, usually printed at the beginning

Aviation

  • noun the amount of a substance that is contained within something, often expressed as a percentage

Commerce

  • noun the ideas inside a letter, etc.

Computing

Electronics

  • Information, especially that which is available online, which may be any combination of text, audio, video, files, or the like.

Information & Library Science

  • noun information made available by an electronic medium or product

Marketing

  • noun the text, illustrations, and graphics of a piece of publicity

Politics

  • noun in the house of Lords, a vote for a motion.

Slang

  • adjective attractive, pretty. The term has typically been used by younger males for describing females since 2000. It is probably a transferral of the idea of pleased from subject to (pleasing) object.

Origin & History of “content”

The adjective and noun content come ultimately from the same source, but as their divergent pronunciations suggest, they reached English via different routes. Their common original is Latin contentus, past participle of continēre ‘hold together, enclose, contain’ (source of English contain, continent, continue, and countenance). The more recent borrowing, the noun content (15th c.), comes directly from medieval Latin contentum, and retains the original meaning of the Latin verb. The adjective content (14th c.), however, comes via Old French content, and reflects a metaphorical change in the Latin past participle from ‘contained’ via ‘restrained’ and ‘self-restrained’ to ‘satisfied’.
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