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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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 The new price of a 30-dose canister of the oral spray is $329.50, up from around $40. Robert Langreth And Cynthia Koons, BostonGlobe.com, "Many drugmakers ignore Trump — and raise prices anyway," 13 July 2018 Photo: Thai Navy SEAL via Reuters The effort enlisted more than 900 police officers, 10 police helicopters, seven police ambulances, more than 700 air canisters and thousands of rescue workers. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 Who wants to cut up fruit and then hunt down a canister of protein powder and then measure it? USA TODAY, "7 new products that show how the food industry is making meals faster," 4 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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Dictionary Entries near canister

Canis Major

Canis Minor

canistel

canister

can it

canitist

canker

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The first known use of canister was in 1692

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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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