canister

noun
can·is·ter | \ˈka-nə-stər \
variants: or less commonly cannister

Definition of canister 

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

2 : encased shot for close-range artillery fire

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

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Synonyms for canister

Synonyms

barrel, can, drum, tin

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Examples of canister in a Sentence

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

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The men set off smoke canisters to hide from video cameras, and the helicopter touched down in the only part of the complex that was not covered by anti-helicopter netting, said another union member, Loic Delbroc. Sylvie Corbet, Time, "Infamous French Thief Escapes Prison in Bold Helicopter Caper," 1 July 2018 For tinder, stuff petroleum jelly–soaked cotton balls into a couple of film canisters. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "The Ultimate DIY Bug-Out Bag," 27 June 2018 The Honolulu metropolitan area's high cost of living and transportation expenses boosted Kraft Parmesan prices to $6.84 per canister there. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "This item costs more in Sacramento than anywhere else in the continental United States," 4 June 2018 Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue efforts died Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters that were placed along the escape route. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, BostonGlobe.com, "Kids rescued in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water in cave," 11 July 2018 Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue efforts died Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters that were placed along the escape route. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, chicagotribune.com, "Hospital: Kids rescued from flooded cave in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water," 11 July 2018 Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue efforts died Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters that were placed along the escape route. Washington Post, "Kids lost weight but ‘took care of themselves’ in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 But the SEALs turned back, worried about coming rains and lacking enough air canisters to go further, officials said. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 Food, electrolyte drinks, drinking water, medicine and oxygen canisters have been delivered to them. Fox News, "Thai officials clear media as cave rescue seems imminent," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of canister

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for canister

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

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Canis Major

Canis Minor

canistel

canister

can it

canitist

canker

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canister

noun

English Language Learners 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

canister

noun
can·is·ter | \ˈka-nə-stər \

Kids Definition of canister

: a small box or can for holding a dry product canisters of flour

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