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[in-sin-uh-rey-ter] /ɪnˈsɪn əˌreɪ tər/
a furnace or apparatus for burning trash, garbage, etc., to ashes.
Origin of incinerator
First recorded in 1880-85; incinerate + -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He made rough sketches of the incinerator on the back of an envelope.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • The incinerator chute was at the rear of the hall, next to the service stairs.

    Know Thy Neighbor Elisabeth R. Lewis
  • "Ah yes, I'd forgotten about the incinerator," he exclaimed.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • He tried to picture Buck weeping near the incinerator, and failed.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • After sweeping a floor put the dust and dirt from a dust pan in a newspaper, roll it carefully and burn in the incinerator.

    Campward Ho! Unknown
  • There was another explosion—one had landed in our incinerator!

    Fanny Goes to War Pat Beauchamp
  • Like some abandoned rag doll, tossed in an incinerator and consumed almost beyond recognition.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
  • When in use the incinerator should stand in an open place away from all tents and buildings.

    Campward Ho! Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for incinerator


a furnace or apparatus for incinerating something, esp refuse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for incinerator

1883, American English, originally in the terminology of cremation, from incinerate + Latinate agent noun suffix -or. Meaning "device for waste disposal by burning" is from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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