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cant

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adjective \ ˈkant \

Definition of cant

dialectal, England

Origin and Etymology of cant

Middle English, probably from Middle Low German *kant


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cant

verb

Definition of cant

transitive verb
1 :to give a cant or oblique edge to :bevel
  • cant off a corner
2 :to set at an angle :tilt
  • cant a cask
3 chiefly British :to throw with a lurch
intransitive verb
1 :to pitch to one side :lean
  • The deck of the ship was canting.
2 :slope
  • The roof canted gently.

Origin and Etymology of cant


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cant

noun

Definition of cant

1 obsolete :corner, niche
2 :an external angle (as of a building)
3 :a log with one or more squared sides
4 a :an oblique or slanting surface
  • the cant of a riverbank
b :inclination, slope
  • the cant of a gun barrel

Origin and Etymology of cant

Middle English cant side, probably from Middle Dutch or Medieval French dialect; Middle Dutch, edge, corner, from Medieval French dialect (Picard), from Latin canthus, cantus iron tire, perhaps of Celt origin; akin to Welsh cant rim; perhaps akin to Greek kanthos corner of the eye


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cant

adjective

Definition of cant

1 :having canted corners or sides
  • a cant molding
2 :inclined 2
  • a cant buttress

First Known Use of cant

1663


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cant

verb

Definition of cant

intransitive verb
1 :to talk or beg in a whining or singsong manner
  • bade me cant and whine in another place
  • —Samuel Johnson
2 :to speak in cant or jargon
  • The thieves were canting among themselves.
3 :to talk hypocritically
  • canted about brotherly love

Origin and Etymology of cant

perhaps from Medieval French dialect (Norman-Picard) canter to tell, literally, to sing, from Latin cantare — more at chant


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cant

noun

Definition of cant

1 :affected singsong or whining speech
  • a beggar's cant
2 a :the private language of the underworld
  • the cant of thieves
b obsolete :the phraseology peculiar to a religious class or sect
c :jargon 1
3 :a set or stock phrase
4 :the expression or repetition of conventional or trite opinions or sentiments; especially :the insincere use of pious words
  • the cant of hypocrites

First Known Use of cant

1640

Other Language Terms


Cant

abbreviation

Definition of Cant


Medical Dictionary

cant

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noun \ ˈkant \

medical Definition of cant

:an oblique or slanting surface


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