• WordNet 3.6
    • v canton divide into cantons, of a country
    • v canton provide housing for (military personnel)
    • n canton a small administrative division of a country
    • n Canton a city on the Zhu Jiang delta in southern China; the capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water port
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Canton (Her) A division of a shield occupying one third part of the chief, usually on the dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top of the shield, meeting a horizontal line from the side. "The king gave us the arms of England to be borne in a canton in our arms."
    • Canton A small community or clan.
    • Canton A small portion; a division; a compartment. "That little canton of land called the “English pale”""There is another piece of Holbein's, . . . in which, in six several cantons , the several parts of our Savior's passion are represented."
    • Canton A small territorial district; esp. one of the twenty-two independent states which form the Swiss federal republic; in France, a subdivision of an arrondissement. See Arrondissement.
    • n Canton A song or canto "Write loyal cantons of contemned love."
    • Canton (Mil) To allot separate quarters to, as to different parts or divisions of an army or body of troops.
    • Canton To divide into small parts or districts; to mark off or separate, as a distinct portion or division. "They canton out themselves a little Goshen in the intellectual world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n canton An angle or corner; also, an angular space or nook.
    • n canton A portion of space; a parcel of ground.
    • n canton A small district; a subdivision of a country. Specifically— In Switzerland, one of the separate territorial members of the confederation, constituting a distinct state or government.
    • n canton In France, the territorial division below an arrondissement and above a commune. See arrondissement.
    • n canton In heraldry, a part of the chief, cut off on either the left- or the right-hand upper corner. It is always bounded by straight horizontal and vertical lines, and is generally considered one of the subordinaries. See ordinary.
    • n canton A distinct part or division: as, the cantons of a painting or other representation, or of a flag.
    • canton To divide into cantons or districts, as territory; divide into distinct portions; with out, to cut out and separate.
    • canton To allot separate quarters to the different divisions or parts (usually regiments) of: as, to canton an army or a detachment.
    • n canton A variant of canto.
    • n canton In architecture, a thickened or emphasized corner of a building, as where two pilasters are set one on each side of the extreme angle. See cantoned (with cut).
    • canton In heraldry, to furnish with a canton, or furnish a canton with: as, a cross argent cantoned with four scallop-shells.
    • canton To quarter one's self in a temporary hut or cantonment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Canton kan′tun a division of territory, constituting in Switzerland a separate government, in France a subdivision of an arrondissement:
    • v.t Canton to divide into cantons: to allot quarters to troops
    • n Canton kan′tun (her.) an ordinary of a shield, being a square occupying generally the dexter, sometimes the sinister, chief of the field
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. canton, augm. of OF. cant, edge, corner. See 1st Cant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. canton; It. cantone, corner, district—canto, a corner: cf. Cant (2).


In literature:

Canton is the strangest of all strange cities, and perhaps the most representative one in China.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
The Canton was advertised to sail the day before, but did not.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
Upon the negative side, the Japanese menace is negligible in the province of Kwantung, in which Canton is situated.
"China, Japan and the U.S.A." by John Dewey
He was attired now in the finest, the shiniest of Canton silks.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Each took the duties for twenty-four hours alternately, and returned to their cantonments during the interval.
"Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, in the Peninsula, France, and the Netherlands" by Captain J. Kincaid
Canton Boat-Boy, Chin-Fan, The, 323; The Streets of Canton, 424.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
In the Novouzensky canton, for example, they constituted 40 per cent.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Outside this crowded city of Canton's living masses is the even larger and more crowded city of Canton's dead.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
He making play of a little city, and building three little walls around it, all the same like Canton.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 38, No. 06, June, 1884" by Various
In the Canton of Zurich I have had the opportunity of closely observing the physical and moral effects of this degeneration.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
It never has been submitted by the Federal Council, which holds that it must first be granted in the Cantons.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Well, Robert Strong thought we had better proceed on to Canton the next day and we wuz all agreeable to it.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
He sleeps in Canton one night.
"John Whopper" by Thomas March Clark
Democracy in the Swiss cantons.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Particularly backward is the civil law of France, of most of the Swiss cantons, of Belgium, etc., in the matter of woman's civic rights.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
Fribourg, the canton of, ii.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
Between the heights and the village lay the cantonment of the Jersey line, Clifford's destination.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Two others challenged a chamois-hunter from the Canton of Glarus.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
In nine cantons the elementary schools are coeducational.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
We stood around in the rain until almost eleven P. M., while the Major de Cantonment was explaining that he had no billets for us.
"History of Ambulance Company Number 139" by Various

In poetry:

We know the quay of Glasgow
And the river at Saigon—
We've drunk our glass with a Chinese lass
In a house-boat at Canton.
"Seafarer" by Anonymous Americas
This patriot's self-devoted deed
First tamed the Lion's mood,
And the four forest cantons freed
From thraldom by his blood.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
I see African and Asiatic towns;
I see Algiers, Tripoli, Derne, Mogadore, Timbuctoo, Monrovia;
I see the swarms of Pekin, Canton, Benares, Delhi, Calcutta,
"Salut Au Monde" by Walt Whitman
She'd been a canal walker in Venice,
And she used to catch Cans out in Canton.
Her skin was so dark I'd have missed her that night,
But she'd hold of a constable's lantern.
"Black And White Cargo" by Billy Bennett
Cantarai d'aquestz trobadors
que canton de maintas colors
e.l pieier cuida dir mout gen;
mas a cantar lor er aillors
q'entrametre.n vei cen pastors
c'us non sap qe.s mont'o.s dissen.
"Cantarai d'aquest trobadors" by Bernard De Ventadorn
But need we, friend, insist on this?
Since, in the very Cantons Swiss,
All your philosophers agree,
And prove it plain, that one may be
A heretic or true believer,
On this or t'other side the rive.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto II." by Matthew Prior

In news:

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Repository newspaper in Canton has named a new managing editor of the paper and its affiliated websites, and
An artist's rendering of the new residence hall to be built at Walsh University in North Canton.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A 21-year-old man from northeast Ohio who wants to become a physician and also work in the area of health policy is one of 32 American students named Sunday as Rhodes Scholar s for 2013.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio native attending Yale University in Connecticut is one of 32 American students selected as 2013 Rhodes Scholar s to receive scholarships to Oxford University.
The award pays all expenses for up to four years of study at the university in England for Micah A Johnson of Canton.
Gigi, Canton, dressed up like Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween.
Now Domaine de Canton, the ginger liqueur from France, is looking for the best dishes that feature Domaine de Canton.
Vehicle Strikes Guardrail, Careens Down River Bank In Canton.
The Roos (3-7) had two power play chances in the opening period but couldn't get the equalizing goal SUNY Canton finished 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
Dorry Segev and Sommer Gentry's Canton rowhouse .
The couple's Canton rowhouse reflects their idiosyncratic lifestyle.
Canton host Farmers in season opening scrimmage.
Photo by Victor Tapia Farmer Andrew Simons fights for extra yardage Aug 13 in a scrimmage at Canton.
Last seen in the Canton road area.
The reason this can't be as simple as Springfield, Toronto, or Canton is mainly because of the sanctimonious nature of the election body.

In science:

Canton tried to compress water to a pressure of the order of 0.1 GPa (Block,1980).
Two simple problems in semiclassical dense matter physics
Canton say today,when 15 different phases of water ice are known.
Two simple problems in semiclassical dense matter physics
The system is developed by CedarsSinai Medical Center, The Canton Group, Grafik, John Hopkins University and the PCF.
C-PASS-PC: A Cloud-driven Prototype of Multi-Center Proactive Surveillance System for Prostate Cancer
Canton sometime in the X V I I I century made a first attempt to perform an experiment under high static pressure.
Basic notions of dense matter physics: applications to astronomy
Fruit fly time series: A large population of wild type (Canton-S) fruit flies was split into twelve cages and allowed to lay eggs which were transferred into an incubator and aged for 30 minutes.
Quality assessment for short oligonucleotide microarray data
The Institute is financed by Canton Ticino, ETHZ and City of Locarno together with the municipalities affiliated with CISL.
Observing the Second Solar Spectrum at IRSOL
Emerson & Cumming Inc., Canton, Massachusetts.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
Current address : Zurich Cantonal Bank, P.O.
Monte Carlo Algorithms for Optimal Stopping and Statistical Learning