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

  • n. An incinerator for refuse.
  • n. An explosive, usually remote-controlled device for effecting a destruct.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who destructs.
  • n. In object-oriented programming, the command sequence that is launched when the execution of an object is finished.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A destroyer.
  • n. A furnace or oven for the burning or carbonizing of refuse.
  • n. in object-oriented programming, a function which destroys an object which was previously created by a different function.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A destroyer; a consumer.
  • n. Specifically, a furnace or crematory for the burning of refuse.


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