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English Dictionary: censer by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual)
    Synonym(s): censer, thurible
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Censer \Cen"ser\, n. [For incenser, fr. OF. encensier, F.
      encensoir, fr. LL. incensarium, incensorium, fr. L. incensum
      incense. See {Incense}, and cf. {Incensory}.]
      A vessel for perfumes; esp. one in which incense is burned.
      Note: The ecclesiastical censer is usually cup-shaped, has a
               cover pierced with holes, and is hung by chains. The
               censer bearer swings it to quicken the combustion.
                        Her thoughts are like the fume of frankincense
                        Which from a golden censer forth doth rise.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      the vessel in which incense was presented on "the golden altar"
      before the Lord in the temple (Ex. 30:1-9). The priest filled
      the censer with live coal from the sacred fire on the altar of
      burnt-offering, and having carried it into the sanctuary, there
      threw upon the burning coals the sweet incense (Lev. 16:12, 13),
      which sent up a cloud of smoke, filling the apartment with
      fragrance. The censers in daily use were of brass (Num. 16:39),
      and were designated by a different Hebrew name, _miktereth_ (2
      Chr. 26:19; Ezek. 8:11): while those used on the day of
      Atonement were of gold, and were denoted by a word (mahtah)
      meaning "something to take fire with;" LXX. pureion = a
      fire-pan. Solomon prepared for the temple censers of pure gold
      (1 Kings 7:50; 2 Chr. 4:22). The angel in the Apocalypse is
      represented with a golden censer (Rev. 8:3, 5). Paul speaks of
      the golden censer as belonging to the tabernacle (Heb. 9:4). The
      Greek word thumiaterion, here rendered "censer," may more
      appropriately denote, as in the margin of Revised Version, "the
      altar of incense." Paul does not here say that the thumiaterion
      was in the holiest, for it was in the holy place, but that the
      holiest had it, i.e., that it belonged to the holiest (1 Kings
      6:22). It was intimately connected with the high priest's
      service in the holiest.
         The manner in which the censer is to be used is described in
      Num. 4:14; Lev. 16:12.
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