- 1A round or cylindrical container, typically one made of metal, used for storing such things as food, chemicals, or rolls of film.More example sentences
- Pill bottles or film canisters make excellent storage containers for seeds.
- Seam rippers and thread nippers slip nicely into empty prescription pill containers or film canisters.
- Firefighters were forced to retreat when they realised that the building contained acetylene canisters, gas bottles and diesel barrels.
- 1.1A cylinder of pressurized gas, typically one that explodes when thrown or fired from a gun: riot police fired tear-gas canisters into the crowdMore example sentences
- Thus ambushed, the pickets were made to run a gauntlet of police firing teargas canisters and rubber bullets at close range.
- Police fired tear gas canisters at the crowd, including the council workers' wives, many with babies strapped to their backs.
- Riot police and soldiers fired canisters of tear gas at the protesters as they entered the parliament compound.
- 1.2 • historical Small bullets packed in cases that fit the bore of an artillery piece or gun: another deadly volley of canisterMore example sentences
- The most common canon was called the Napoleon and used both grape shot and canister ammunition.
- The introduction of the rifled musket in the 1850s with ranges greater than canister altered the role of field artillery.
- I could run out of mine tomorrow; just like I suppose Buck ran out of his that previous night, one foot doing what years of canister and grape shot had not.
late 15th century (denoting a basket): from Latin canistrum, from Greek kanastron 'wicker basket', from kanna 'cane, reed' (see cane).