canister
also cannister noun Etymology: Latin canistrum basket, from Greek kanastron wicker basket, from kanna reed — more at cane Date: 1692 1. an often cylindrical container for holding a usually specified object or substance <
a film canister
>
2. encased shot for close-range artillery fire 3. a perforated metal box for gas masks with material to adsorb, filter, or detoxify airborne poisons and irritants

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  • Canister — Can is*ter (k[a^]n [i^]s*t[ e]r), n. [L. canistrum a basket woven from reeds Gr. ?, fr. ka nh, ka nna reed; cf. F. canistre. See {Cane}, and {Canaster}.] 1. A small basket of rushes, reeds, or willow twigs, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. A small box or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • canister — / kænistə/, it. / kanister/ s. ingl. [dal lat. canistrum o canister canestro ], usato in ital. al masch. [bidoncino per il trasporto di carburanti] ▶◀ (non com.) canestro, tanca, tanica …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • canister — late 15c., basket, from L. canistrum wicker basket for bread, fruit, flowers, etc., from Gk. kanystron basket made from reed, from kanna (see CANE (Cf. cane)). It came to mean metal receptacle (1711) through influence of can (n.). With a sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • canister — [kan′is tər] n. [ME < L canistrum, wicker basket < Gr kanastron < kanna, a reed: see CANE] 1. a small box or can for coffee, tea, tobacco, etc. 2. a boxlike vacuum cleaner 3. Historical lead or iron shot in a container that scattered its …   English World dictionary

  • Canister — (Groß u. Klein C.), zwei Inseln, zur Merguigruppe gehörig, an der Küste von Tenasserim (Hinterindische Halbinsel, Asien) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • canister — /ˈkanister, ingl. ˈkænɪstə(r)/ [vc. ingl., stessa etim. dell italiano canestro, dal lat. canistru(m)] s. m. inv. tanica, bidone, latta …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • canister — ► NOUN ▪ a round or cylindrical container. ORIGIN Greek kanastron wicker basket , from kanna cane …   English terms dictionary

  • Canister — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Le mot canister vient du latin canistrum (« panier ») ou du grec kanastron (« panier en osier »). Le mot peut renvoyer à :… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • canister — A small metal box or can. Also see activated carbon canister adsorption canister charcoal canister vapor canister …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Canister — The term canister (sometimes mis spelled sic|cannister) comes from Latin (canistrum = basket) or Greek (kanastron = wicker basket). It means: * Originally, from kanna reedcan, a basket of woven reeds * Now commonly, any container that is roughly… …   Wikipedia

  • canister — [[t]kæ̱nɪstə(r)[/t]] canisters 1) N COUNT: usu n N A canister is a strong metal container. It is used to hold gases or chemical substances. Riot police hurled tear gas canisters and smoke bombs into the crowd. ...canisters of commercial fuel. 2)… …   English dictionary

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