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canister

noun can·is·ter \ˈka-nə-stər\

Simple Definition of canister

  • : a container with a lid that is used for keeping dry products

  • : a plastic or metal container that is used for keeping a roll of film

  • : a metal case that contains gas or chemical substances and that bursts when it is fired from a gun

Full Definition of canister

  1. 1 :  an often cylindrical container for holding a usually specified object or substance <a film canister>

  2. 2 :  encased shot for close-range artillery fire

  3. 3 :  a perforated metal box for gas masks with material to adsorb, filter, or detoxify airborne poisons and irritants

Examples of canister

  1. <she put the store-bought cookies in a fancy canister to make them look homemade>



Variants of canister

also can·nis·ter play \ˈka-nə-stər\

Origin of canister

Latin canistrum basket, from Greek kanastron wicker basket, from kanna reed — more at cane


First Known Use: 1692

Rhymes with canister



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