canister

noun
can·​is·​ter | \ ˈka-nə-stər How to pronounce canister (audio) \
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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Examples of canister in a Sentence

she put the store-bought cookies in a fancy canister to make them look homemade
Recent Examples on the Web Researchers are reportedly looking into what other materials could be used to coat the inside of the steel canisters to act as a buffer between the metal and ceramic or glass. Fox News, "US nuclear waste storage containers could corrode, new study warns," 5 Feb. 2020 The chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to high heat and humidity and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel. CBS News, "Takata recalls 10 million more potentially lethal air bag inflators," 9 Jan. 2020 The chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to high heat and humidity and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel. Tom Krisher, Cincinnati.com, "Takata recalls 10M airbags from Honda, Toyota, Ford, Audi and more," 9 Jan. 2020 But the chemical deteriorates when exposed to high temperatures and humidity and can burn too fast, blowing apart the canister designed to contain the explosion. Tom Krisher, The Denver Post, "U.S. probes four automakers in new Takata air bag recall," 19 Dec. 2019 But the chemical deteriorates when exposed to high temperatures and humidity and can burn to fast, blowing apart the canister designed to contain the explosion. Tom Krisher, chicagotribune.com, "More recalls issued after new defect discovered in Takata air bags," 4 Dec. 2019 In the outskirts of the city, people anxiously watched the march's progress, while the detonation of gas canisters could be heard from afar. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Protesters cut off Bolivia's capital with renewed fury over deaths," 22 Nov. 2019 Volley after volley, police have fired an unprecedented number of tear gas canisters on the streets of Hong Kong. Mary Hui, Quartz, "In Hong Kong, almost everyone, everywhere—including pets—is getting tear gassed," 8 Aug. 2019 The police fired a total of 87 tear gas canisters then, and only on that first night. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Strike Sinks City Into Chaos, and Government Has Little Reply," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of canister was in 1692

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Canister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canister. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for canister

canister

noun
How to pronounce canister (audio)

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 How to pronounce canister (audio) \

Kids Definition of canister

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

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