from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A preservative.
  • n. A room or apparatus in which perishable things can be preserved without decay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Preservative.
  • n. A preservative.
  • n. A room, or apparatus, in which perishable things, as fruit, vegetables, etc., can be preserved without decay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to preserve; preservative.
  • n. pl. preservatories (-riz). A preservative.
  • n. An apparatus for preserving substances for food, or a building where the process of preserving food-products is carried on.


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  • A ten-guinea gown may be sacrificed in half an hour, and the indolence of your disposition would lead you to prefer this sacrifice to the trouble of taking any preservatory precautions, or thinking about the matter at all.

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  • "A preservatory," said Tom, rather contemptuously, "why, who would think what you meant, if you say a 'air-garden?"

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  • I'll have towers, and bay-windows, and piazzers, with checkered work all 'round 'em, and a preservatory, and all kinds of new fangled doin's.

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