• WordNet 3.6
    • adj canny showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others "a cagey lawyer","too clever to be sound"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Canny Artful; cunning; shrewd; wary.
    • Canny Cautious; prudent; safe..
    • Canny Having pleasing or useful qualities; gentle.
    • Canny Reputed to have magical powers.
    • Canny Skillful; knowing; capable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • canny A term of commendation of various application.
    • canny Knowing; cautious; prudent; wary; watchful; cunning; artful; crafty.
    • canny Skilled; handy; expert.
    • canny Moderate; reasonable. In expense: Frugal; not extravagant
    • canny In charges or exactions: Not extortionate.
    • canny In conduct: Not severe.
    • canny Quiet; easy; soft. Quiet in disposition; gentle; tractable.
    • canny Quiet in movement; still; slow.
    • canny Snug; comfortable; neat.
    • canny Safe; not dangerous; fortunate; lucky.
    • canny Good; worthy.
    • canny Possessed of supernatural power; skilled in magic.
    • canny In a canny manner; cannily; cautiously; gently; slowly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Canny kan′i (Scot.) knowing: shrewd: having supernatural power (see Uncanny): comfortable: careful in money matters: gentle: sly or pawky
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. kenn, skilled, learned, or E. canny,. Cf. Kenn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Can, to be able.


In literature:

The ca-canny system ruled everywhere.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
Bring oot the ale, canny man!
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
He is a canny bounder, all right.
"In Her Own Right" by John Reed Scott
This proved to be another canny Scot.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
Whinnie, of course, remained Scottish and canny.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
He's a canny old boy.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
To be sure, canny as Tom is, the chasseur had the advantage in the more intelligent expression.
"The Grey Woman and other Tales" by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
A canny man, he had avoided keeping any such incriminating documents about.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
He was always a canny Scotsman, and liked to take care of his money.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Some of the little contrivances, which he thought so canny, left her doubtful.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
If you could pick up a canny Scot it would be well.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
They are a little dazed, and do not venture to speak; but they are canny for all that, and bide their time.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
This is what the canny man of Greenock is supposed to have done.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
But the canny parents, as usual, outwitted me.
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
Her husband is canny and fears the Church: he would certainly give her a beating.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
It's owre canny a seat to be lang withoot a sitter.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
His name was George Hastie; he was a weel-faured, douce, canny body, wi' twa mitherless weans.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
The French also advanced as far as the vicinity of Canny-sur-Matz.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various
They are distinctly canny, and not uncommonly have a strong touch of saturnine humour.
"Proverb Lore" by F. Edward Hulme
Dore Peretz was a canny little fucker, and he suddenly seemed in a great hurry to get out of Command.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover

In poetry:

But gi'e me a canny hour at e'en,
My arms about my dearie, O,
An' warl'ly cares an' warl'ly men
May a' gae tapsalteerie, O!
"Green Grow The Rashes" by Robert Burns
Here the Norsman bunks with the canny Scot
And the lad from the Emerald Isle
Works side by side with Russ and Dane,
North-bred men of brawn and brain,
Men that are worth your while.
"Flotsam" by Pat O Cotter
Well, all are dust, of fame bereft;
They bore a cruel cross,
And I, the canny one, am left,—
Yet as I grieve their loss,
I deem, because they loved me well,
They'll welcome me in Hell.
"Birds Of A Feather" by Robert W Service
The gate I was gaun brocht me to the hoose-en',
The dwallin' o' Mary, the rose o' the glen.
Her faither—Aul' John—was the canny bit laird
O' the laigh-theekit hoose an' muckle kail-yard.
"The Ballad O' Mary Muiren" by Janet Hamilton
There's ane wi' a face that ne'er glunches nor girns,
Though she wins her bit bread by fillin' o' pirns;
She never was wed, keepit clear o' the men,
A canny auld maiden, o' threescore an' ten.
"The Feast of The "Munches"" by Janet Hamilton
Tell Jamie, the Binder, sae cannie an' slee,
Sae quiet wi' the gab, an' sae gleg wi' the e'e,
That his leuks war sae frien'ly, sae truthfu' an' kin',
Whan he last took my haun' I aye min't it sin' syne.
"Verses Inscribed To Mr. Thomas Duncan, Glasgow" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

The first annual "Canny Awards" recognized craft beer can s with high-quality, captivating graphics with the winners announced during the Craft Brewers Conference, held May 2-5 in San Diego.
A Canny Henchman, Targeting the Queen.
A Climb Marked by Confidence and Canniness .
Andrea Canny celebrates CD release with party, performance.
OSKALOOSA — Brenda Canny , 68, of Oskaloosa, died Nov 8, 2012, at the Hospice Comfort House in Pella.
Gregg's not just country, but canny .
Canny Roy could drag England over the line.
The first annual " Canny Awards" recognized craft beer cans with high-quality, captivating graphics with the winners announced during the Craft Brewers Conference, held May 2-5 in San Diego.
Canny Villagers Grasp Keys to Loosen China's Muzzle.
Putin's canny politics in Russian elections.
Death Can Be a Canny Career Move.
Canny mystery veterans make October perfect for a Halloween scare.
With its strong products and canny marketing, the Chevrolet Motor division for decades meant affordable style, power and patriotism for its customers.
Cannie Mae Hunter Huggins .
Ordinarily the silver fox is a canny, elusive creature, quick to bite when cornered, and well nigh impossible to tame.

In science:

This suggests that the conclusion of , that the Canny achieved the best results, could in fact be due to the combination of the adaptive parameter sampling scheme with the Canny’s large sensitivity to parameter values.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The intensity based method we propose, that we called floodcanny, consists on first applying the Canny edge detector to the image, and use the resulting edges as hard boundaries in a flood fil ling segmentation process.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
Each color represents a different region, and Canny edges are superimposed for clarity.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
Canny edge detector or Hough transformation.
Augmented Reality Implementation Methods in Mainstream Applications
Zhao Huili Zhao, Guofeng Qin, Xingjian Wang, Improvement of Canny Algorithm Based on Pavement Edge Detection, 3rd International Congress on Image and Signal Processing CISP 2010, Yantai China, 2010, pp 964 – 967.
Personalised product design using virtual interactive techniques
SS83] from algorithmic robotics shows that all the problems we consider in this paper are decidable, and Canny’s roadmap algorithm [Can87] leads to solutions that are singly exponential in n.
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
In particular, the Schwartz-Sharir cell decomposition approach [SS83] shows that all the problems we consider in this paper are decidable, and Canny’s roadmap algorithm [Can87] leads to an algorithm singly-exponential in n, the number of vertices of the polygonal chain.
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
Fig. 5 Main steps of face contour detection: a) face features and initial snake; b) Canny edge map; c) prepared edge map EdgeMap and its preparation contours; d) potential field; e) GGVF field; f) initial snake and detected contour.
Computerized Face Detection and Recognition
We can in this case extend Canny’s construction of the Generalised Characteristic Polynomial (GCP) for classical Macaulay’s matrices to the matrices Mt for any natural number t.
Explicit formulas for the multivariate resultant
Moreover, this implies that Ct(s) coincides with Canny’s GCP C (s), but involves matrices of smaller size.
Explicit formulas for the multivariate resultant
Canny’s considerations on how to compute more efficiently the GCP also hold in this case.
Explicit formulas for the multivariate resultant
In [CE1, CE2], Canny and Emiris gave algorithms for computing square Sylvester style matrices with determinants equal to non-zero multiples of the resultant.
Macaulay Style Formulas for Sparse Resultants
The algorithm is recursive in the dimension of the polytope P , and in its intermediate steps, uses the mixed-subdivision algorithm of Canny and Emiris (see, [CE1, CE2, Stu2]) in order to refine the subdivision (see the comments in Remark 3.15).
Macaulay Style Formulas for Sparse Resultants
We have used the lifting algorithm of Canny and Emiris in primary cells in order to break ties, but the Theorem holds just provided that one can construct recursively Sylvester style matrices having non-zero determinant and the same degree as the resultant in the coefficients of any fi .
Macaulay Style Formulas for Sparse Resultants
Setting tn := Pn i=1(mi − 1), and using the algorithm given by Canny and Emiris, it is also possible to recover Macaulay’s classical formula in degree t = tn + 1.
Macaulay Style Formulas for Sparse Resultants