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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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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Police, who in the past have cracked down on opposition gatherings, set off a tear gas canister to disperse the government supporters and formed a line to separate the two groups. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "Red Cross ready to aid Venezuela, warns against politics," 29 Mar. 2019 Stalls sold ice cream, smoothies, nuts and sandwiches, even as ambulances screamed past ferrying the injured and as tear gas canisters were dropped from drones. BostonGlobe.com, "‘I don’t want this life’: 15 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli army on Gaza border," 30 Mar. 2018 Instead of a canister beside the stovetop to hold your spatulas and spoons, move them to a drawer. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "X-tra Counter Space," 11 Feb. 2019 The videos show hundreds of metal tear-gas canisters raining on peaceful protests, elderly women punched in the face, children beaten and arrested, and even a villager who’s face was literally removed by a gas can at point blank range. Vic Mensa, Time, "Vic Mensa: What Palestine Taught Me About American Racism," 12 Jan. 2018 On Wednesday, 24 Amazon employees working in a Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, warehouse were sent to five different area hospitals after a 9oz canister of bear spray was deployed. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Amazon “automated machine” punctures bear spray can, 24 employees hospitalized," 6 Dec. 2018 Police said the vehicle was carrying gas canisters. Jim Heintz, The Seattle Times, "Russian baby rescued after nearly 36 hours in frozen rubble," 2 Jan. 2019 Using a standard fuel canister and ignitor built into the burner, the 14.5-ounce stove-and-pot set brings a half-liter of water to boil in under 2 minutes. Clint Carter, WSJ, "Never Camped in the Snow? You’re Missing Out.," 11 Dec. 2018 Moments before the game started, riot police charged into the stands to break up AEK fans who hurled flares and smoke canisters. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "7 more teams qualify for Champions League knockout stage," 27 Nov. 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 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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