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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various devices for preventing waste, damage, or loss.
  • n. A receptacle for catching the waste products of a process for further use in manufacture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Anything that saves fragments, or prevents waste or loss.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A device in a candlestick to hold the ends of candles, so that they be burned.
  • n. A small sail sometimes set under the foot of another sail, to catch the wind that would pass under it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A contrivance for saving, or preventing waste or loss; a catch-all.
  • n. A small sail set under another, or between two other sails, to catch or save the wind.
  • n. A trough in a paper-making machine which collects any pulp that may have slopped over the edge of the wire-cloth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a net hung between ship and pier while loading a ship
  • n. a receptacle for catching waste products for further use
  • n. a sail set to catch wind spilled from a larger sail

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