containment containment  /kən ˈteɪn mənt/


  1. (n) a policy of creating strategic alliances in order to check the expansion of a hostile power or ideology or to force it to negotiate peacefully
  2. (n) (physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor
  3. (n) the act of containing; keeping something from spreading


  1. UPDATES: Crews gain 65 percent containment on Black Forest fire

    LIVE UPDATES: SUNDAY Noon. Containment in the Black Forest fire increased to 65 percent and no more land or structures were lost overnight, officials said at a press conference said. - IDs of the two people who died in the fire were not released, although El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said officials hope to have identities in the next 24 hours. Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

  2. More Containment At Royal Gorge, Big Meadows Fire Grows

    Fire crews have 65 percent containment on the Royal Gorge Fire and the Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park has grown to nearly 500 acres.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: CBS Denver

  3. ROYAL GORGE FIRE: Containment up to 65 percent, talk of bridge and park future begins

    11:27 p.m. UPDATE: Containment of the Royal Gorge fire has increased to 65 percent, "There are still some pockets of unburned fuel well within the fire perimeter; however they pose no threat to the containment lines," the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team B reported. "On Saturday, firefighters will continue to strengthen lines on the SW portion of the fire and conduct mop-up operations on ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

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  1. "We have a further containment system to implement in the course of the coming week, which will be in place by next weekend," said BP CEO Tony Hayward.
    on Jun 6, 2010 By: Tony Hayward Source: CBS News

  2. "Today we learned that the containment system was damaged and had to be removed, leaving the well totally uncapped and gushing oil into the Gulf once again," said Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. "This is obviously a very...
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: David Vitter Source: The Associated Press

  3. "We also know that there's already a lot of oil that's been released, and that there's going to be more oil released no matter how successful this containment effort is," he added.
    on Jun 7, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: BusinessWeek

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