#EngVocab: containers

Many items that we buy come in containers. Containers may have a specific name depending on their shape and the material they are made of.

  1. Bag and sack are synonyms. Some regions of North America tend to use one term more than the other.
  2. Baskets are often made from woven natural materials which include grass, pine needles, and reeds. Now, baskets are also made of plastic.
  3. barrelcask, or tun is a hollow cylindrical container, traditionally made of vertical wooden staves and bound by wooden or metal hoops. Traditionally, the barrel was a standard size of measure referring to a set capacity or weight of a given commodity. For example, a beer barrel had originally a capacity of 36 US gallons (140 L) while an ale barrel has a capacity of 32 US gallons (120 L).
  4. Baskets are often made from woven natural materials which include grass, pine needles, and reeds. Now, baskets are also made of plastic.
  5. bottle is a rigid container with a neck that is narrower than the body and a “mouth”. By contrast, a jar or jug has a relatively large mouth or opening. Bottles are often made of glass, clay, plastic, aluminum or other impervious materials, and typically used to store liquids such as water, milk, soft drinks, beer, wine, cooking oil, medicine, shampoo, ink, and chemicals.
  6. Box (plural boxes) describes a variety of containers and receptacles for permanent use as storage, or for temporary use often for transporting contents.
  7. bucket (or pail) is typically a watertight, vertical cylinder or truncated cone, with an open top and a flat bottom, usually attached to a semicircular carrying handle called the bail.
  8. Can refers to a container made of metal. Some containers that used to be made of metal but are now made of plastic are sometimes still referred to as “cans.”
  9. Carton is the name of certain types of containers typically made from paperboard which is also sometimes known as cardboard. Many types of cartons are used in packaging. Sometimes a carton is also called a box.
  10. Case is a box together with its contents.
  11. Chest is a box, usually with a lid, for storage, safekeeping of valuables, etc.: a toy chest; a jewelry chest.
  12. Crate: a slatted wooden box or framework for packing, shopping, or storing fruit, furniture, glassware, crockery, etc.
  13. Envelope is a flat paper container, as for a letter or thin package,usually having a gummed flap or other means of closure.

The difference between a bottle and a jar is a bottle has a narrow opening/ mouth while a jar has a large opening/ mouth. Often, the mouth of a jar is same diameter as the jar itself. Jars are only made of glass.
A large container is usually made of earthenware, metal, or glass, commonly having a handle, a narrow neck, and sometimes a cap or cork.

Compiled and written by @elfaelpa.

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