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[n] the act of containing (especially the restraint of a hostile country or a hostile military force); "the army was charged with the containment of the rebel forces"
[n] (physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor
[n] a policy of checking the expansion of a hostile power or ideology by creating strategic alliances; "containment of Communist expansion was a central principle of United States' foreign policy from 1947 to the 1975"

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