Origin of canister
Examples from the Web for canister
On another, Garrison said he handed a doctor a bottle of wine in a canister packed with $100 bills.
The smell of tear gas is as unique as the sound of its canister being deployed.Aurora Survivors Tell of Their Brave Return to ‘The Dark Knight Rises’|Jacqueline Keavney Lader, Don Lader|August 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I took film canisters and, essentially, rolled each breast around the canister, then fit them into the cup of the corset.
Having Lou Dobbs and Rick Kaplan reporting to me at the same time was like holding a canister of nitroglycerin in each hand.
Joseph fires out the answer like a charge of canister from a Napoleon gun: "Philip Hardin."The Little Lady of Lagunitas|Richard Henry Savage
Very soon they were in the zone of fire, canister and cannon-balls hurtling about them.Jones of the 64th|F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
Again they advance, but are forced back by the musketry and the grape and canister.My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field|Charles Carleton Coffin
The light in the cabin was faint; he determined to carry the canister on deck and examine it in the sunlight.The Astonishing History of Troy Town|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The old man paused, and drew a sip of water from the canister in the corner.Bear Trap|Alan Edward Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for canister
- a type of shrapnel shell for firing from a cannon
- Also called: canister shot, case shot the shot or shrapnel packed inside this
Word Origin for canister
Word Origin and History for canister
late 15c., "basket," from Latin canistrum "wicker basket" for bread, fruit, flowers, etc., from Greek kanystron "basket made from reed," from kanna (see cane (n.)). It came to mean "metal receptacle" (1711) through influence of can (n.). As short for canister shot, it is attested from 1801, so called for its casing.