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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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 Residents complained of rashes and headaches and large protests were held in nine cities and towns in the Moscow region over pollution and government plans to build a garbage incinerator. Fox News, "World Cup has divisive legacy for Russia's environment," 12 June 2018 If there was an incinerator nearby, at least some energy could be extracted from the plastic without expending too much more. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Closing the loop on plastic recycling?," 5 July 2018 Trash-burning incinerators are an issue on candidates’ minds. Luke Broadwater,, "6 takeaways from Maryland governor's race forum on the environment," 20 Apr. 2018 Leonard and other have raised questions about the impact living near an incinerator can have on Detroit families. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Petition: Controversial Detroit incinerator should be shut down," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of incinerator

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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