: a usually cylindrical receptacle:
: a vessel for holding liquids;
: a drinking vessel
- … in his hand did bear a boozing can …
- —Edmund Spenser
: a usually metal typically cylindrical receptacle usually with an open top, often with a removable cover, and sometimes with a spout or side handles (as for holding liquid or trash)
: a container (as of tinplate) in which products (such as perishable foods) are hermetically sealed for preservation until use
: a jar for packing or preserving fruit or vegetables
: a recessed lighting fixture
- Augment natural light with recessed cans in the ceiling, sconces on side walls, or a table lamp on a shelf …
- —Jill Connors
- The cops threw him in the can.
: bathroom 1
- He locked himself in the can and wouldn't come out.
- He needs a kick in the can.
: destroyer 2
- served on a can during the battle
- You don't realize just how noisy it is inside a plane until you put on a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones … . I generally leave the noise-cancelling cans on even when I'm not listening to anything at all—the relative quiet makes a long trip less stressful.
- —Steven Morgenstern
in the can
of a film or videotape
: completed and ready for release