can2 S2 [countable]
a metal container in which food or drink is preserved without air:
a Coke can
All we've got is a couple of cans of soup.
a special metal container that keeps the liquid inside it under pressure. The liquid is released as a spray when you press the button
a can of hairspray
3 especially American EnglishD
a metal container with a lid that can be removed, used for holding liquid:
Two large cans of paint ought to be enough.
a very complicated situation that causes a lot of problems when you start to deal with it:
I just don't know what to do - every solution I can think of would just open up a whole new can of worms.
a film that is in the can is complete and ready to be shown
b) American EnglishDH