canister

noun can·is·ter \ ˈka-nə-stər \
variants: or less commonly cannister
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

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

Examples of canister in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of canister

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

canister Synonyms

Synonyms
barrel, can (also cannister), drum, tin
Related Words
bucket, pail; cannikin; tin can

CANISTER Defined for English Language Learners

canister

noun

Definition of canister for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

canister

noun can·is·ter \ ˈka-nə-stər \

Definition of canister for Students

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


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