a large metal barrel, can, or similar receptacle for ashes, garbage, or refuse.
Slang. a depth charge.
Movies. an arc light of 1000 watts, enclosed in a reflector.

Origin of ashcan

First recorded in 1895–1900; ash1 + can2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for ash can

dustbin, wastebasket

British Dictionary definitions for ash can

ash can


a US word for dustbin Also called: garbage can, ash bin, trash can
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