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Cant

9 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cant \Cant\, adjective Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar.

To introduce and multiply cant words in the most ruinous corruption in any language. --Swift.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cant \Cant\, verb (used without an object)

1. To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone.

2. To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic.

The rankest rogue that ever canted. --Beau. & Fl.

3. To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning.

The doctor here, When he discourseth of dissection, Of vena cava and of vena porta, The meser[ae]um and the mesentericum, What does he else but cant. --B. Jonson

That uncouth affected garb of speech, or canting language, if I may so call it. --Bp. Sanderson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cant \Cant\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Canted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Canting}.]

1. To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.

2. To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football.

3. To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cant \Cant\, noun [OF., edge, angle, prof. from L. canthus the iron ring round a carriage wheel, a wheel, Gr. ? the corner of the eye, the felly of a wheel; cf. W. cant the stake or tire of a wheel. Cf. {Canthus}, {Canton}, {Cantle}.]

1. A corner; angle; niche. [Obs.]

The first and principal person in the temple was Irene, or Peace; she was placed aloft in a cant. --B. Jonson.

2. An outer or external angle.

3. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl. --Totten.

4. A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give; as, to give a ball a cant.

5. (Coopering) A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask. --Knight.

6. (Mech.) A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel. --Knight.

7. (Naut.) A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.

{Cant frames}, {Cant timbers} (Naut.), timber at the two ends of a ship, rising obliquely from the keel.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cant \Cant\, noun [Prob. from OF. cant, F. chant, singing, in allusion to the singing or whining tine of voice used by beggars, fr. L. cantus. See {Chant}.]

1. An affected, singsong mode of speaking.

2. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation. --Goldsmith.

The cant of any profession. --Dryden.

3. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy.

They shall hear no cant from me. --F. W. Robertson

4. Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cant \Cant\, noun [Prob. from OF. cant, equiv. to L. quantum; cf. F. encan, fr. L. in quantum, i.e. "for how much?"] A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction. "To sell their leases by cant." --Swift.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cant \Cant\, verb (used with an object) to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction. [Archaic] --Swift.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Can't \Can't\ A colloquial contraction for can not.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cant

noun

1: stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition [syn: {buzzword}, {cant}]

2: a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force [syn: {bank}, {cant}, {camber}]

3: a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo" [syn: {slang}, {cant}, {jargon}, {lingo}, {argot}, {patois}, {vernacular}]

4: insincere talk about religion or morals [syn: {cant}, {pious platitude}]

5: two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees [syn: {bevel}, {cant}, {chamfer}]

verb

1: heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting" [syn: {cant}, {cant over}, {tilt}, {slant}, {pitch}]

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