in·​cin·​er·​a·​tor | \ in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce incinerator (audio) \

Definition of incinerator

: one that incinerates especially : a furnace or a container for incinerating waste materials

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But with the Waterfords in Canadian custody, the Lawrences' relationship closing in tragedy, and the season's big bad Commander Winslow merely incinerator ash, Aunt Lydia is the show's last oppressor standing. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ann Dowd Digs Deep to Understand Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale," 14 Aug. 2019 According to the nonprofit Zero Waste Alliance, that means diverting at least 90% of waste from landfills and incinerators by recycling and composting. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Disposable plastic water bottles banned from San Francisco airport," 2 Aug. 2019 In our backyard was an incinerator made of concrete with an iron door. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: Golden State Killer case's twisted, painful path," 11 June 2019 Airline passengers alone generated 5.7 million tons of waste globally in 2016, most of which went to landfills or the incinerator, according to the International Air Transport Association, an industry trade group of some 290 airlines. Jasmin Malik Chua, Vox, "The best $3,000 I ever spent: training for my unruly dog," 9 July 2019 Sophisticated incinerators that burn plastic and other municipal waste can produce enough heat and steam to turn turbine blades and generate electricity for the local grid. Elizabeth Royte, National Geographic, "Is burning plastic waste a good idea?," 12 Mar. 2019 Decades ago, the city obtained the land through eminent domain to build a trash incinerator, but scrapped the plan in the face of community opposition. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "Latest battle over South Central Farm ends — this time not with arrests, but a vote," 2 July 2019 Nonetheless, 72 incinerators are still operating today in the U.S. Ana Baptista, The Conversation, "Is burning trash a good way to handle it? Waste incineration in 5 charts," 20 June 2019 The human bones Daughter in the incinerator were evidence of the second experiment that Mother decided had failed. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "What The Twist Ending Of Netflix's I Am Mother Means," 10 June 2019

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of incinerator

: a machine or container that is used for burning garbage, waste, etc.


in·​cin·​er·​a·​tor | \ in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce incinerator (audio) \

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: a furnace or a container for burning waste materials

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