destructor

[dih-struhk-ter]
noun
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:
1685–95; < Late Latin dēstructor, equivalent to Latin dēstruc- variant stem of dēstruere (see destruction) + -tor -tor

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destructor (dɪˈstrʌktə)
 
n
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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destructor definition

programming
A function provided by a class in C++ and some other object-oriented languages to delete an object, the inverse of a constructor.
(1998-04-28)
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Example sentences
Destructor upholds the no-throw exception-safety guarantee.
Operation of the air curtain destructor means that the air curtain destructor is on and there is a fire burning in the pit.
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