Definition of Canister

1. Noun. A metallic cylinder packed with shot and used as ammunition in a firearm.

Exact synonyms: Canister Shot, Case Shot
Generic synonyms: Ammo, Ammunition
Terms within: Pellet, Shot

2. Noun. Metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour.
Exact synonyms: Cannister, Tin
Generic synonyms: Container
Derivative terms: Tin

Definition of Canister

1. n. A small basket of rushes, reeds, or willow twigs, etc.

Definition of Canister

1. Noun. A cylindrical or rectangular container usually of lightweight metal, plastic, or laminated pasteboard used for holding a dry product (as tea, crackers, flour, matches). ¹

2. Noun. Any of various cylindrical metal receptacles usually with a removable close-fitting top. ¹

3. Noun. A special short range antipersonnel projectile consisting of a casing of light metal, loaded with preformed submissiles such as flechettes or steel balls. The casing is designed to open just beyond the muzzle of the weapon, dispersing the submissiles. ¹

4. Noun. A component of canister type protective mask containing a mechanical filter and chemical filling to filter, neutralize and/or absorb toxic chemical, biological and radiological agents. ¹

5. Noun. A projectile component containing colored or screening smoke or riot control agent composition. ¹

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Definition of Canister

1. a small, metal box [n -S]

Medical Definition of Canister

1. A box or container; in anaesthesiology, the container for carbon dioxide absorbent. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Canister

caninus muscle
canistel tree
canister (current term)
canister shot
canities circumscripta
canities poliosis
canities unguium
canker brake
canker rash
canker sore
canker sores

Literary usage of Canister

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"Even if a charged and insulated conductor, such as an open canister or deep cup ... On the plate of a gold-leaf electroscope place a metal canister having a ..."

2. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1891)
"Tom, 1 ve nobb'd him on the canister. 1885. Belfi Life, Jan. 3, p. ... Turning round, I saw my unfortunate beaver, or canister, as it was called by the ..."

3. Tactics by William Balck (1914)
"In canister, the contained bullets have a smaller initial velocity than the case. ... Since the introduction of smokeless powder, the range of canister has ..."

4. Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife by John Adams (1841)
"... a canister of green ^J ^ Mr, Yard to Gerry went away from ben e, ... canister? She said, yes, and -^^^ From th deliver it with a grea t dea ..."

5. On the Use of Field Artillery on Service: With Special Reference to that of by A. Taubert (1856)
"canister shot may be used against the enemy's artillery in the last stages of an attack, in order to put their men and horses hors de combat; ..."

6. The Rights of Labour Defended: Or, The Trial of the Glasgow Cotton Spinners by Thomas Hunter, Peter Hacket, Richard M'Neil, High Court of Justiciary, Scotland High Court of Justiciary, James Gibb, Scotland, William M'Lean (1837)
"Just as I was going into bed, a canister otme through the glass of the window, ... Yes, but 1 did not find it (Witness is shewn the canister). ..."

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