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cant


  9  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cant  \Cant\,  v.  i. 
  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cant  \Cant\,  v.  t.  [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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cant  \Cant\,  n.  [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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cant  \Cant\,  n.  [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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cant  \Cant\,  a. 
  Of  the  nature  of  cant;  affected;  vulgar. 
 
  To  introduce  and  multiply  cant  words  in  the  most 
  ruinous  corruption  in  any  language.  --Swift. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cant  \Cant\,  n.  [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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cant  \Cant\,  v.  t. 
  to  sell  by  auction,  or  bid  a  price  at  a  sale  by  auction. 
  [Archaic]  --Swift. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Can't  \Can't\ 
  A  colloquial  contraction  for  can  not 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cant 
  adj  :  having  the  slant  of  a  bevel;  "a  bevel  edge";  "a  cant 
  buttress"  [syn:  {bevel},  {beveled}] 
  n  1:  stock  phrases  that  have  become  nonsense  through  endless 
  repetition  [syn:  {buzzword}] 
  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},  {camber}] 
  3:  a  characteristic  language  of  a  particular  group  (as  among 
  thieves);  "they  don't  speak  our  lingo"  [syn:  {jargon},  {slang}, 
  {lingo},  {argot},  {patois},  {vernacular}] 
  4:  insincere  talk  about  religion  or  morals  [syn:  {pious 
  platitude}] 
  5:  two  surfaces  meeting  at  an  angle  different  from  90  degrees 
  [syn:  {bevel},  {camfer}] 
  v  :  heel  over  [syn:  {cant  over},  {tilt},  {slant},  {pitch}] 




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