in·​cin·​er·​a·​tor in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce incinerator (audio)
: one that incinerates
especially : a furnace or a container for incinerating waste materials

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Residents spoke about their concerns about environmental hazards in Curtis Bay, which is home to a number of industrial facilities, including a landfill and a medical waste incinerator. Christine Condon And Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 11 July 2022 Given that about 87% of clothes produced globally end up in the incinerator or landfill, Holt Renfrew needed to take action, Picardo said. Nick Rockel, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2022 It’s like a reversal-of-fortune script out of Hollywood: Long overlooked parcel goes from incinerator to Superfund site to movie studio. Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel, 25 Sep. 2022 Two and a half months earlier, according to the interim report, procurement officials at the WIV posted a call for bids on a government website seeking a costly air incinerator. Katherine Eban, ProPublica, 28 Oct. 2022 However the government is leveraging the good optics of T-Park to push forward with plans for the city’s first trash incinerator, dubbed I-Park, due to come online in 2025. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2022 Other eco-friendly measures include a solid waste incinerator to turn waste into non-toxic ash and a waterless urinal to reduce unnecessary usage. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2022 An onboard waste incinerator minimizes black-water discharge, while a silicon antifouling coating on the hull avoids the use of toxic paints. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 31 Aug. 2022 The group fears the only hazardous waste incinerator licensed in Illinois could accept PFAS waste and release the chemicals into surrounding communities. Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, 10 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incinerator was in 1883

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“Incinerator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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in·​cin·​er·​a·​tor in-ˈsin-ə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce incinerator (audio)
: a furnace or a container for burning waste materials

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