Contents are the chapters, subjects, or articles within a written work. You might need to scroll through a list of the entire contents of your computer's hard drive if you're searching for a missing document.

The "table of contents" at the front of a dense reference book is a divided or numbered list of the chapters. You can also talk about the contents of a book or movie, meaning the specific subjects or material that are touched on in the work. The noun contents comes from the verb contain, which has a Latin root, continere, "to hold together or to contain."

Definitions of contents
  1. noun
    a list of divisions (chapters or articles) and the pages on which they start
    synonyms: table of contents
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    type of:
    list, listing
    a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
    table, tabular array
    a set of data arranged in rows and columns
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