destructor

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/dɪˈstrʌktə/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(di struktər)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•struc•tor  (di struktər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. British Termsa furnace for the burning of refuse;
    incinerator.
  2. Rocketrya destruct mechanism or device for destroying an off-course airborne missile or launch vehicle.
  • Late Latin dēstructor, equivalent. to Latin dēstruc- variant stem of dēstruere (see destruction) + -tor -tor
  • 1685–95

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
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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