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

Origin of destructor

1685–95; < Late Latin dēstructor, equivalent to Latin dēstruc- variant stem of dēstruere (see destruction) + -tor -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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