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incinerator

[in-sin-uh-rey-ter] /ɪnˈsɪn əˌreɪ tər/
noun
1.
a furnace or apparatus for burning trash, garbage, etc., to ashes.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; incinerate + -or2
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  • Better idea: burn the nappies at the incinerator to generate electricity.
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  • Today the throughput of the industrial system, from mine and wellhead to finished product, ends up in a landfill or incinerator.
  • The property boundaries of an incinerator may cover more than one section or occasionally be in more than one township or range.
British Dictionary definitions for incinerator

incinerator

/ɪnˈsɪnəˌreɪtə/
noun
1.
a furnace or apparatus for incinerating something, esp refuse
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Word Origin and History for incinerator
n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for incinerator

container for burning refuse, or plant designed for large-scale refuse combustion. In the second sense, an incinerator consists of a furnace into which the refuse is charged and ignited (usually by a gas burner), a secondary chamber in which burning at a high temperature is continued to complete the combustion process, and flues to convey the gases to a chimney. Auxiliary equipment may include steam boilers for using waste heat to generate electricity or to heat nearby buildings and devices for removing ash and other pollutants from the flue gases.

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