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- A receptacle, usually roughly cylindrical and wider at the top than at the bottom, which serves as a place to discard waste materials.
The phrase originally referred to large metal containers, (typically in the shape of a can) but is now used interchangeably with other names of receptacles for waste materials.
- (container for trash): ashcan, dumpster, dustbin, garbage pail, rubbish bin, trash can, wastebin; see also Thesaurus:waste bin
- (container for wastepaper): wastepaper basket