cane

noun
\ ˈkān How to pronounce cane (audio) \

Definition of cane

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a hollow or pithy, usually slender, and often flexible jointed stem (as of a reed or bamboo) a fishing pole made of cane
(2) : any of various slender woody stems especially : an elongated flowering or fruiting stem (as of a rose) usually arising directly from the ground
b : any of various tall woody grasses or reeds: such as
(1) : any of a genus (Arundinaria) of bamboo
(2) : sugarcane
(3) : sorghum
c : rattan sense 2b especially : split rattan for wickerwork or basketwork
2 : a stick typically of wood or metal with a usually curved handle at one end that is grasped to provide stability in walking or standing
3 : a rod or stick used for flogging
4 : a tiny glass rod used in decorative glasswork (as in millefiori and paperweights)

cane

verb
caned; caning

Definition of cane (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to beat with a cane he sat in a professor's chair and caned sophomores for blowing spitballs— H. L. Mencken
2 : to weave or furnish with cane cane the seat of a chair

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Synonyms for cane

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of cane in a Sentence

Noun In the past, some teachers would resort to the cane when students misbehaved. The chair seat is made of cane. Verb In the past, some teachers would cane students who misbehaved.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Try a Hawaiian meal of poke and other local specialties, and visit a working sugar factory to see how raw cane is transformed into sweetener. National Geographic, "Hawai‘i Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 His knees are about eight feet apart, even though there are old ladies with canes waiting to sit down. Mark Cognata, The New Yorker, "Sexual Fantasies of Everyday New Yorkers," 31 Aug. 2019 The cornbread with black pepper and cane syrup butter replaces a more traditional breadbasket. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "And the best bistros in Greater Cincinnati are ...," 28 Aug. 2019 Their other programs include white cane training and a summer camp for teenagers who are blind or visually impaired. Karen Burke, Detroit Free Press, "Why I choose to go over the edge for Leader Dogs for the Blind," 21 Aug. 2019 What more can a moviegoer ask for from a candy cane-sweet holiday film? Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "'Last Christmas' trailer is a gift to your cynical heart," 14 Aug. 2019 At age 20, during his sophomore year at UConn in 2010, Oberg needed that cane just to get out of bed and to hobble around campus. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Scott Oberg: How the resilient right-hander became a closer," 4 Aug. 2019 Every pothole in the sidewalk could be fatal, every extra stair a promotion from cane to wheelchair. Diane Grosklaus Whitty, Harper's magazine, "Senior Portrait," 16 Sep. 2019 The brand also uses other sustainable materials like recycled water bottles for the polyester in the laces, recycled cardboard that makes up 90% of the packaging, sugar cane in the foam sole, and castor bean oil in the insole. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "We Reviewed Allbirds, the "World's Most Comfortable" Shoes — Here's What You Need to Know," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cane’s marinates never-frozen chicken tenderloins for 24 hours before dropping it in the fryer. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Where to eat, drink in Baton Rouge," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of cane

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cane

Noun

Middle English, from Middle French, from Old Occitan cana, from Latin canna, from Greek kanna, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian qanū reed, Hebrew qāneh

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The first known use of cane was in the 14th century

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cane

noun
How to pronounce cane (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cane

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short stick that often has a curved handle and is used to help someone to walk
: a form of punishment in which a person is hit with a cane or stick
: the hard hollow stem of a plant (such as bamboo or reed) that is used to make furniture and baskets

cane

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cane (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit (someone) with a cane or stick as a form of punishment

cane

noun
\ ˈkān How to pronounce cane (audio) \

Kids Definition of cane

1 : an often hollow, slender, and somewhat flexible plant stem
2 : a tall woody grass or reed (as sugarcane)
3 : a rod made especially of wood or metal that often has a curved handle and is used to help someone walk
4 : a rod for beating

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