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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Recent Examples on the Web That is propelling more cities to send their trash to the incinerator. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Trash Burning Ignites as World’s Waste Swells," 10 June 2020 The article also said the house would have an incinerator, a central vacuum system, a built-in refrigerator and that it was made of solid brick and steel construction. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Concordia neighborhood homeowner found his dream house: a 7,000-square-foot mansion," 4 June 2020 As a result, Philadelphia started burning about half of its recyclables in an energy-producing incinerator. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Cost of recycling in Brecksville jumps by 1,800 percent under new three-year contract with Rumpke," 18 May 2020 But cops burst into the room and seize the film — Ace is dead, so the lawyer who was against Meg's release can do that — and the final shot of the episode shows the film reels burning in an incinerator. Jean Bentley,, "Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood Limited Series Binge Club: Episodes 1-7," 4 May 2020 High school student Destiny Waterford and her grassroots organization, Free Your Voice, campaigned for years to stop the building of the incinerator. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 In 2012, the nation’s largest trash incinerator was planned to be built less than a mile from a high school. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 Reynoso was first exposed to trash activism in 1998, when Mayor Rudolph Giuliani tried to put two more incinerators in his neighborhood, after the closing of the Fresh Kills landfill, on Staten Island. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "How South Korea Is Composting Its Way to Sustainability," 2 Mar. 2020 With generous subsidies, Beijing has ordered governments and businesses to build industrial-scale farms with safeguards like quarantine areas for new arrivals and incinerators for diseased pigs. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Responds Slowly, and a Pig Disease Becomes a Lethal Epidemic," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of incinerator

1883, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jun 2020

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“Incinerator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of incinerator

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


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: a furnace or a container for burning waste materials

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