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Dictionary Information: Definition Self-contained
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  Self-contained (Self`-con*tained") (?), a.

1. Having self-control; reserved; uncommunicative; wholly engrossed in one's self.
2. (Mach.) Having all the essential working parts connected by a bedplate or framework, or contained in a case, etc., so that mutual relations of the parts do not depend upon fastening outside of the machine itself.

-- Self-contained steam engine. (a) A steam engine having both bearings for the crank shaft attached to the frame of the engine. (b) A steam engine and boiler combined and fastened together; a portable steam engine.

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