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Contain vs Rein - What's the difference?

contain | rein |

As verbs the difference between contain and rein

is that contain is (lb) to hold inside while rein is to give.




(en verb)
  • (lb) To hold inside.
  • *
  • At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
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  • (lb) To include as a part.
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  • (lb) To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.
  • * (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • The king's person contains the unruly people from evil occasions.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Fear not, my lord: we can contain ourselves.
  • *
  • Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
  • To have as an element.
  • To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
  • * Bible, vii. 9.
  • But if they can not contain , let them marry.


    * (hold inside) enclose, inhold * (include as part) comprise, embody, incorporate, inhold * (limit by restraint) control, curb, repress, restrain, restrict, stifle


    * (include as part) exclude, omit * (limit by restraint) release, vent



    Etymology 1

    (etyl) reyne, from (etyl) resne (Modern French .


    (en noun)
  • A strap or rope attached to the bridle or bit, used to control a horse, animal or young child.
  • (figurative) An instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or governing.
  • * Milton
  • Let their eyes rove without rein .


    (en verb)
  • To direct or stop a horse by using reins.
  • * Chapman
  • He mounts and reins his horse.
  • To restrain; to control; to check.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Being once chafed, he cannot / Be reined again to temperance.
    Derived terms
    * rein in

    Derived terms

    * free rein * hold the reins * keep a tight rein on * draw rein * rein back * rein in * rein up * take the reins

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) reines, (etyl) reins, and their source, (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A kidney.
  • *, II.12:
  • *:a man subject to these like imaginations.
  • *1611 , (King James Bible), :
  • *:He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins .
  • The inward impulses; the affections and passions, formerly supposed to be located in the area of the kidneys.
  • *Bible, Proverbs xxiii. 16
  • *:My reins rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
  • *Bible, Revelations ii. 23
  • *:I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts.