ashcan

[ ash-kan ]
/ ˈæʃˌkæn /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. ashbery,
  2. ashbery, john,
  3. ashburton,
  4. ashby-de-la-zouch,
  5. ashcake,
  6. ashcan school,
  7. ashcroft,
  8. ashdod,
  9. ashdown,
  10. ashe

Origin of ashcan

First recorded in 1895–1900; ash1 + can2

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British Dictionary definitions for ash can

ash can

noun

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