a furnace or apparatus for burning trash, garbage, etc., to ashes.

Origin of incinerator

First recorded in 1880–85; incinerate + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for incinerator

heater, boiler, pyre, burner, cinerarium, crematory, cinerator

Examples from the Web for incinerator

Contemporary Examples of incinerator

Historical Examples of incinerator

  • I'll throw it in the incinerator now, she thought, before I straighten the apartment.

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    Elisabeth R. Lewis

  • The incinerator chute was at the rear of the hall, next to the service stairs.

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    Elisabeth R. Lewis

  • He made rough sketches of the incinerator on the back of an envelope.

  • "Ah yes, I'd forgotten about the incinerator," he exclaimed.

  • Just wait until we get these papers in the incinerator, panted Julia.

British Dictionary definitions for incinerator



a furnace or apparatus for incinerating something, esp refuse
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Word Origin and History for incinerator

1883, American English, originally in the terminology of cremation, from incinerate + Latinate agent noun suffix -or. Meaning "device for waste disposal by burning" is from 1889.

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