de·​struc·​tor | \ də̇ˈstrəktə(r), dēˈ- \
plural -s

Definition of destructor

1 : a furnace or oven for the burning of refuse : incinerator
2a : a device for destroying a missile or a part thereof at a desired time in its flight
b : an explosive device for enabling quick destruction of matériel to prevent its falling into the hands of the enemy

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History and Etymology for destructor

Late Latin destructor destroyer, from Latin destructus + -or

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“Destructor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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