Contain (Geometry)

Pronunciation: /kənˈteɪn/ Explain

A shape contains another shape if all of the points of the contained shape are inside of the containing shape.


A solid disc with a line segment completely contained within the disc.
Figure 1: This disc contains a line segment.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, contain. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 44. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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