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canister

Syllabification: can·is·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈkanəstər
 
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Definition of canister in English:

noun

1A round or cylindrical container, typically one made of metal, used for storing such things as food, chemicals, or rolls of film.
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.
Synonyms
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 crowd
More 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 canister
More 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.

Origin

late 15th century (denoting a basket): from Latin canistrum, from Greek kanastron 'wicker basket', from kanna 'cane, reed' (see cane).

More
  • cannon from (Late Middle English):

    This large heavy piece of artillery derives its name from French canon, from Italian cannone ‘large tube’, from canna ‘cane, reed, tube’. Soldiers have been called cannon fodder, no more than material to be used up in war, since the late 19th century—the expression is a translation of German Kanonenfutter. Shakespeare did encapsulate a similar idea much earlier, with his phrase ‘food for powder’ in Henry IV Part 1. Canna or its Greek equivalent kanna is the base of a number of other words in English, as well as giving us the name of the canna lily (mid 17th century), which gets its name from the shape of its leaves. Some reflect the use of the plants for making things, some their hollow stems. Canes (Middle English) are basically the same plant. Canister (Late Middle English) was originally a basket from Latin canistrum ‘basket for bread, fruit, or flowers’, from Greek kanastron ‘wicker basket’, from kanna. Canal (Late Middle English) and channel (Middle English) both come via French from Latin canalis ‘pipe, groove, channel’ from canna, and share a source with the Italian pasta cannelloni (mid 19th century). The medical cannula (late 17th century) was originally a ‘small reed’; a canyon (mid 19th century) is from Spanish cañón ‘tube’ from canna.

Words that rhyme with canister

banister

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