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con·tent1  audio  (kntnt) KEY 

  1. Something contained, as in a receptacle. Often used in the plural: the contents of my desk drawer; the contents of an aerosol can.
  2. The subject matter of a written work, such as a book or magazine. Often used in the plural.
    1. The substantive or meaningful part: "The brain is hungry not for method but for content, especially content which contains generalizations that are powerful, precise, and explicit" (Frederick Turner).
    2. The meaning or significance of a literary or artistic work.
  3. The proportion of a specified substance: Eggs have a high protein content.

Middle English, from Medieval Latin contentum, neuter past participle of Latin continre, to contain ; see contain

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