• WordNet 3.6
    • v cane beat with a cane
    • n cane a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment
    • n cane a stick that people can lean on to help them walk
    • n cane a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stalks of sugar cane can reach up to 30 feet
    • Cane A lance or dart made of cane. "Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraign
      The flying skirmish of the darted cane ."
    • Cane A local European measure of length. See Canna.
    • Cane (Bot) A name given to several peculiar palms, species of Calamus and Dæmanorops, having very long, smooth flexible stems, commonly called rattans.
    • Cane A walking stick; a staff; -- so called because originally made of one of the species of cane. "Stir the fire with your master's cane ."
    • Cane (Bot) Any plant with long, hard, elastic stems, as reeds and bamboos of many kinds; also, the sugar cane.
    • Cane (Bot) Stems of other plants are sometimes called canes; as, the canes of a raspberry.
    • Cane To beat with a cane.
    • Cane To make or furnish with cane or rattan; as, to cane chairs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is possible to get high by licking a toad. The Cane Toad produces a toxin called bufotenine to ward off predators. When licked, this toxin acts as a hallucinogen
    • n cane A rather long and slender jointed woody stem, more or less rigid, hollow or pithy, as that of some palms, grasses, and other plants, such as the ratan, bamboo, and sugar-cane; also, the stem of raspberries or blackberries.
    • n cane Sugar-cane: as, a plantation of cane; cane-sugar.
    • n cane The plant Arundinaria macrosperma of the southern United States, forming cane-brakes. See Arundinaria.
    • n cane The stem of a plant, as the bamboo, used as a walking-stick; hence, any walking-stick. The word was not applied to a walking-stick earlier than the sixteenth century; a cane “garnished with gold having a perfume in the top” and other conveniences attached to it is mentioned in an inventory of Henry VIII.'s time; but it was not until the reign of Louis XIV. that the cane became almost universal in the hands of men of quality. At this time canes were generally made of the length now common, that is, 2 feet 10 inches to 3 feet; but in the eighteenth century it became usual to have them very long, 4 feet or more, and ornamented with a great bunch of ribbons tied near the top. Such canes were carried by women as well as men. The heads of these canes frequently contained perfume-bottles or vinaigrettes; they were sometimes fitted with eye-glasses, which could be opened and shut; and occasionally a crutch-shaped handle was utilized as a small telescope, the cross-piece being made tubular and fitted with lenses. The heads were of porcelain, enameled metal, and other rich materials. See sword-cane and pistol-cane.
    • n cane A lance or dart made of cane.
    • n cane A chair having the seat, or the seat and back, made of thin strips of cane, retaining their natural smooth surface, interlaced or woven together.
    • cane To beat or flog with a cane or walking-stick.
    • cane To furnish or complete with cane; fill the center of the back or the seat with interwoven strips of cane: as, to cane chairs.
    • n cane In Scotland, rent paid in kind, as in poultry, eggs, etc.; hence, any tax, tribute, or duty exacted.
    • n cane An obsolete form of can.
    • n cane An obsolete form of khan.
    • n cane A slender stick or rod of some substance such as sealing-wax, sulphur, glass, or tobacco.
    • n cane A slender panic-grass, Panicum dichotomum, a valuable native forage for sheep in the southern United States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Idaho walking along the street with a red-tipped cane is strictly prohibited.
    • n Cane kān the stem of one of the smaller palms—the calamus or rattan, or the larger grasses—bamboo and sugar-cane: a walking-stick
    • v.t Cane to beat with a cane
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  • Miles Davis
    Miles Davis
    “A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.”
  • Billie Holiday
    Billie Holiday
    “You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cane, canne, OF. cane, F. canne, L. canna, fr. Gr. ka`nna ka`nnh; prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. qāneh, reed. Cf. Canister canon, 1st Cannon


In literature:

You might stop and get a cane or staff, if we find a place where there are some good ones.
"Forests of Maine" by Jacob S. Abbott
Practically every moist tropical region in the world, the basins of the Kongo and Amazon Rivers excepted, is a cane-sugar-producing region.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
These are very small, containing a big Spanish tester-bed, with a cane bottom, and the other necessary furniture.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
I doubt that he ever before knew the cane could come apart.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
One time one young man come home and he wouldn't go back, just hid out in the cane brake.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
The boat was amid a tall growth of canes, the stalks and blades rising a full ten feet above their heads, and hiding them completely.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A stick two feet long, as thick as a cane, formed the stem.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The blind man thereupon points his cane at some player, who must take the opposite end of the cane in his hand.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
A West India drink, made of sugar-cane juice and water.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
We were just then passing through a plantation, I might almost say a forest of sugar-canes.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart

In poetry:

Hard-wuk'd donkey on de road
Trottin' wid him ushal load,
Hamper pack' wi' yam an' grain,
Sour-sop, and Gub'nor cane.
"Two-An'-Six" by Claude McKay
Syne, he has taen a supple cane
To swinge that dog sae fat:
The doggie yowled, the doggie howled
The louder aye for that.
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
The Villain was a banker’s limb,
His spats and cane were nifty;
The Maiden needs must marry him—
Her father was not thrifty.
"Western" by Ellis Parker Butler
I saw him once before,
As he passed by the door,
And again
The pavement stones resound,
As he totters o'er the ground
With his cane.
"The Last Leaf" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
So he thought; and in his hammock
Gnawed his junk of sugar-cane,
Toasted plantains at the fire-stick,
Gnawed, and dozed, and gnawed again.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
Over the cane-fields breaks the day.
The boats are out in *Martin's Bay;
Sliding and plunging into the surf,
Seaward to safety they bear away.
"Christmas in Alurio" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts

In news:

Ohio's Spangler Candy Adds Candy Cane Jobs.
When the sugar mills started up during the fall for the cane harvesting (la roulaison), I could always count on Tante Belle for a bowl of spoon bread to savor with a healthy dose of cane syrup.
Frog, the 1950s Warner Bros contract player best known for his top hat, cane and ragtime songs, is dead, killed by the WB network for whom he had been working as a mascot, The TV Column has learned.
1½ cups Steen 's 100% Pure Cane Syrup.
I used my picture taking ninja skillz to take pictures while I broadcasted live today at Raising Canes for the fund raiser for Kidd's Kids.
Cane a Sucre , a Design District favorite done in six years ago by road construction and rent hikes, has been reborn as a gourmet sandwich bar in North Miami.
Chase ends with car bursting into flames, burning sugar cane .
State ag commissioner to borrow $7 million to take over defunct sugar cane mill.
Five people were injured when an 18-wheeler carrying sugar cane crashed into several vehicles and an apartment complex on La.
Hawai'i's Most Invasive Plant Species is Sugar Cane .
The sugar cane industry has played a major role in Hawai'i's past and will play an important role in transcending into Hawai'i's agricultural futur.
The sugar cane industry has played a major role in Hawai'i's past and will play an important role in transcending into Hawai'i's agricultural future.
Catch of glimpse of West Maui's sugar cane past at Lahaina Plantation Days.
Hurricane Isaac's winds paired with recent rains made a rough start for this year's sugar-cane grinding season.
Hurricane Isaac's winds paired with recent rains made a rough start for this year's sugar-cane grinding season.

In science:

Two complexes which are likely unbound: the Canes Venatici I cloud and the Sculptor filament are shown by the dotted boxes.
The Local Group and other neighboring galaxy groups
Two regions that are likely unbound: the Canes Venatici I cloud and the Sculptor filament are shown by the dotted boxes.
The Local Group and other neighboring galaxy groups
Viscous fluid (cane sugar syrup) flows at a fixed rate through a long and shallow transparent channel.
Measures of mixing quality in open flows with chaotic advection
Cane, F. et al., “Bound on Lorentz- and CPT-Violating Boost Effects for the Neutron”, Phys.
Modern tests of Lorentz invariance
Two new ones were added in index year 2006, dwarf spheroidal companions to the Milky Way in the directions of (after a brief pause to look up the nominative) Canes Venatici (Zucker et al. 2006) and of Bootes (Belokurov et al. 2006) and we will take as given appropriate puns about new Bootes and in the boat.
Astrophysics in 2006