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