in·​cin·​er·​a·​tor | \ in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrā-tər \

Definition of incinerator

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

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The bathroom contains custom tile, custom floating, a full-size shower, and, since there's no sewage or septic, an incinerator toilet. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Tiny Modern Farmhouse Will Convince You to Pare Down Your Life Once and for All," 15 Jan. 2019 Bosma’s remains were found in an incinerator on Millard’s farm, CBC News reported. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Heir found guilty of murdering wealthy dad to protect fortune," 25 Sep. 2018 Every year, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing, sending massive amounts of textiles to landfills or incinerators and contributing to the emission of hazardous greenhouse gases, which speeds up climate change. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "Your Yoga Pants Are Polluting the Water You Drink," 19 Dec. 2018 Over recent years, grass-roots movements have brought thousands of people onto the streets in cities across China to protest accidents and plans for chemical plants, garbage incinerators and other projects deemed harmful to the environment. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "22 dead in blast outside northern China chemical plant," 28 Nov. 2018 It was burned in the city’s incinerator, becoming fuel for homes. Christina Tkacik,, "That time a whale showed up in Baltimore's harbor," 29 May 2018 The public agenda for Friday’s meeting is thin: Approving contract renewals for the school’s basketball coach, hiring tenured faculty and rethinking the landscaping for an incinerator storage building. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Michigan State Board Weighs How to Pay $500 Million Nassar Settlement," 21 June 2018 Three of those reports obtained by Fox News contained numerous photos taken by Brewer during his inspections and also his recommendation to replace the pits with incinerators. Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News, "Former burn pit inspector says warnings were largely ignored by Pentagon officials during Iraq War," 7 June 2018 Regional and city officials announced a task force to coordinate waste management and plans to open 11 sorting and recycling facilities as well as several incinerators. Washington Post, "A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia’s capital," 19 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of incinerator

: a furnace or a container for burning waste materials

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