Definitions for: Canister

[n] metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour
[n] a metallic cylinder packed with shot and used as ammunition in a firearm

Webster (1913) Definition: Can"is*ter (k[a^]n"[i^]s*t[~e]r), n. [L. canistrum a
basket woven from reeds Gr. ?, fr. ka`nh, ka`nna reed; cf. F.
canistre. See Cane, and Canaster.]
1. A small basket of rushes, reeds, or willow twigs, etc.

2. A small box or case for holding tea, coffee, etc.

3. (Mil.) A kind of case shot for cannon, in which a number
of lead or iron balls in layers are inclosed in a case
fitting the gun; -- called also canister shot.

Synonyms: canister shot, cannister, case shot, tin

See Also: ammo, ammunition, container, pellet, shot

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