ashcan

ashcan

[ash-kan]
noun
1.
a large metal barrel, can, or similar receptacle for ashes, garbage, or refuse.
2.
Slang. a depth charge.
3.
Movies. an arc light of 1000 watts, enclosed in a reflector.

Origin:
1895–1900; ash1 + can2

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