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1A round or cylindrical container used for storing such things as food, chemicals, or rolls of film.
tin, canisterView synonyms
- ‘Each of the canisters contain forms for residents to fill in their medical history, including any allergies or regular prescriptions and next of kin.’
- ‘The contents of the canisters were liquid chemicals that were highly dangerous.’
- ‘Pill bottles or film canisters make excellent storage containers for seeds.’
- ‘It has two tin-lined oak canisters, which now contain period news cuttings and letters supporting its history.’
- ‘Each canister contains enough for applications on 13 pairs of cross country skis.’
- ‘The Scarecrow is walking through the plant, stopping to pause and check the labels on various canisters of chemicals.’
- ‘Then, to add insult to injury, canisters of deadly chemicals began to be washed up in the area.’
- ‘No longer do you need to transport 50 kilograms of film reels in canisters.’
- ‘Sweet and savory dainties packaged in appealing canisters, baskets and bags are at the heart of the Christmas bazaar.’
- ‘The metal canisters were cylindrical and each one was a little smaller than a tobacco tin.’
- ‘Therefore, none of the stored projectiles or canisters contain lethal chemical agents.’
- ‘If you happen to be a reader of the Guardian's letters pages, you'll probably know about the recent exchanges over uses for 35 mm film canisters.’
- ‘What they didn't know was where all of the canisters of bacteria were stored.’
- ‘Sure enough, hidden beneath the bench is a 35 mm film canister containing two pencils and a sheet of paper.’
- ‘Firefighters were forced to retreat when they realised that the building contained acetylene canisters, gas bottles and diesel barrels.’
- ‘Small coffee cans, peanut jars, or even those little black film canisters, all make decent containers.’
- ‘It could be immobilized in canisters and stored in the Yucca Mountains.’
- ‘Seam rippers and thread nippers slip nicely into empty prescription pill containers or film canisters.’
- ‘And 40 homes in Oldham had to be evacuated after a fire at a garage in Barry Street, where oxy-acetylene canisters were stored.’
- ‘With this scheme elderly and vulnerable people can have important information about themselves stored inside a canister to assist rescuers called in an emergency.’
- 1.1 A cylinder of pressurized gas, typically one that explodes when thrown or fired from a gun:‘riot police fired tear-gas canisters into the crowd’
- ‘At 10 A.M. the police fired the first seven canisters of tear gas into the crowd.’
- ‘Thus ambushed, the pickets were made to run a gauntlet of police firing teargas canisters and rubber bullets at close range.’
- ‘Lasky admitted charges of possessing a CS gas canister and possessing a weapon adapted to discharge a noxious substance.’
- ‘Riot police and soldiers fired canisters of tear gas at the protesters as they entered the parliament compound.’
- ‘Police fired tear gas canisters at the crowd, including the council workers' wives, many with babies strapped to their backs.’
- 1.2historical [mass noun] Small bullets packed in cases that fit the bore of a gun:‘another deadly volley of canister’
- ‘The ammunition encountered by the soldiers was called canister, one of the war's most deadliest rounds.’
- ‘The most common canon was called the Napoleon and used both grape shot and canister ammunition.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When we got her stern to us we raked her hotly with plenty of grape and canister.’
- ‘The introduction of the rifled musket in the 1850s with ranges greater than canister altered the role of field artillery.’
Late 15th century (denoting a basket): from Latin canistrum, from Greek kanastron wicker basket, from kanna cane, reed (see cane).
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