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

Examples of incinerator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some called it a recycling program, although plastics and other recyclable materials aren’t rescued from the incinerator. Christine Condon,, 1 July 2021 The extremely worn clothing is then thrown into the incinerator and astronauts move onto their next outfit. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 24 June 2021 Not to be mistaken with the Ritz-Carlton on 22nd Street, this one is housed in an old industrial building in Georgetown which used to be an incinerator. Juyoung Seo, Forbes, 6 July 2021 The vast majority of plastics are not recycled due to limitations in recycling technology, Majumdar said, with most plastic waste ending up in a landfill, an incinerator or the ocean. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 June 2021 Images published by Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda on Twitter on Wednesday showed officials placing bags of vaccine vials into an incinerator. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 In America alone, more than 32 million tons of plastic get buried in landfills or burned in an incinerator each year, according to 2018 data from the EPA. Jeff Merkley And Alan Lowenthal, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 But the unavoidable fact is that these are all but brief detours on the way to the landfill, incinerator, or environment. Alden Wicker, Wired, 22 Apr. 2021 Promises to shut down a polluting trash incinerator and propose legislation to dramatically expand solar panels have gone unfulfiled. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of incinerator

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Incinerator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of incinerator

: a furnace or a container for burning waste materials

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