Definitions

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

  • n. A container of tin-coated sheet metal used especially for preserving food.
  • n. Informal A naval destroyer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a container, usually cylindrical, made out of sheet metal coated with tin
  • n. a container, usually cylindrical, made out of sheet metal coated with aluminum
  • n. a destroyer

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

  • n. informal term for a destroyer
  • n. airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.

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  • You can see the similarity on both counts: Small, immobile unless tossed, easily crushed, used to store small brined fish or sugary beverages.

    July 3, 2008

  • In the song 'Space Oddity', David Bowie uses it as shorthand for a spaceship or rocket.

    July 2, 2008

  • Slang for a WW II U.S. Navy destroyer.

    December 9, 2007