destructor

[ dih-struhk-ter ]
/ dɪˈstrʌk tər /
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noun

British. a furnace for the burning of refuse; incinerator.
Rocketry. a destruct mechanism or device for destroying an off-course airborne missile or launch vehicle.

Nearby words

  1. destructive distillation,
  2. destructive interference,
  3. destructively,
  4. destructivity,
  5. destructo,
  6. desuetude,
  7. desulfur,
  8. desulfurase,
  9. desulfurate,
  10. desulfurize

Origin of destructor

1685–95; < Late Latin dēstructor, equivalent to Latin dēstruc- variant stem of dēstruere (see destruction) + -tor -tor

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destructor

/ (dɪˈstrʌktə) /

noun

a furnace or incinerator for the disposal of refuse, esp one that uses the resulting heat to generate power
a device used to blow up a dangerously defective missile or rocket after launching
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