In the mathematical field of order theory, a containment order is the partial order that arises as the subset-containment relation on some collection of objects. In a simple way, every poset P = (≤, X) is (isomorphic to) a containment order (like every group is isomorphic to a permutation group - Cayley's theorem). To see this, associate to each element x of X the set
then the transitivity of ≤ ensures that for all a and b in X, we have
More interestingly, several important classes of poset arise as containment orders for some natural collections, like the Boolean lattice Qn, which is the collection of all 2n subsets of an n-element set, the dimension-n orders, which are the containment orders on collections of n-boxes anchored at the origin, and the interval-containment orders, which are precisely the orders of dimension ≤ 2. Other containment orders that are interesting in their own right include the circle orders, which arise from disks in the plane, and the angle orders.
See also 
- Fishburn, P.C. and Trotter, W.T. (1998). "Geometric containment orders: a survey". Order 15 (2): 167–182. doi:10.1023/A:1006110326269.
- Santoro, N., Sidney, J.B., Sidney, S.J., and Urrutia, J. (1989). "Geometric containment and partial orders". SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics 2 (2): 245–254. doi:10.1137/0402021.
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