cant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cant heel over "The tower is tilting","The ceiling is slanting"
    • n cant two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
    • n cant stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
    • n cant insincere talk about religion or morals
    • n cant a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves) "they don't speak our lingo"
    • n cant a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ribbon worms eat themselves if they cant find food
    • n Cant A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction. "To sell their leases by cant ."
    • Cant A corner; angle; niche. "The first and principal person in the temple was Irene, or Peace; she was placed aloft in a cant ."
    • Cant (Naut) A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
    • Cant (Coopering) A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
    • Cant (Mech) A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel.
    • Cant A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give; as, to give a ball a cant .
    • Cant An affected, singsong mode of speaking.
    • Cant An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl.
    • Cant An outer or external angle.
    • a Cant Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar. "To introduce and multiply cant words in the most ruinous corruption in any language."
    • Cant The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation. "The cant of any profession."
    • Cant The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy. "They shall hear no cant from me."
    • Cant To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt.
    • Cant To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football.
    • Cant To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.
    • Cant To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic. "The rankest rogue that ever canted ."
    • v. t Cant to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction.
    • Cant To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone.
    • Cant To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning. "The doctor here,
      When he discourseth of dissection,
      Of vena cava and of vena porta,
      The meseræum and the mesentericum,
      What does he else but cant ."
      "That uncouth affected garb of speech, or canting language, if I may so call it."
    • Cant Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dogs can hear sounds that you cant
    • n cant A corner; an angle; a niche.
    • n cant The corner of a field.
    • n cant An external or salient angle: as, a six-canted bolt, that is, one of six cants, or of which the head has six angles.
    • n cant One of the segments forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
    • n cant A ship's timber, near the bow or stern, lying obliquely to the line of the keel.
    • n cant A piece of wood which supports the bulkheads on a vessel's deck.
    • n cant A log that has received two side cuts in a sawmill and is ready for the next cut.
    • n cant An inclination from a horizontal line; a sloping, slanting, or tilted position.
    • n cant A toss, thrust, or push with a sudden jerk: as, to give a ball a cant.
    • n cant In whale-fishing, a cut in a whale between the neck and fins.
    • cant To put or set at an angle; tilt or move from a horizontal line: as, to cant or cant up a plank; to cant over a pail or cask.
    • cant Nautical, to turn (something) so that it is no longer fair and square; give (a ship) an inclination to one side, as in preparing her to be careened.
    • cant To set upon edge, as a stone.
    • cant To throw with a sudden jerk; toss: as, to cant a ball.
    • cant To cut off an angle of, as of a square piece of timber.
    • cant To tilt or incline; have a slant.
    • cant To speak with a whining voice or in an affected or assumed tone; assume a particular tone and manner of speaking for the purpose of exciting compassion, as in begging; hence, to beg.
    • cant To make pharisaical, hypocritical, or whining pretensions to goodness; affect piety without sincerity; sham holiness.
    • cant To talk in a, certain special jargon; use the words and phraseology peculiar to a particular sect, party, profession, and the like.
    • cant To use as a conventional phraseology or jargon.
    • n cant A whining or singing manner of speech; specifically, the whining speech of beggars, as in asking alms.
    • n cant The language or jargon spoken by gipsies, thieves, professional beggars, or the like, and containing many words different from ordinary English; a kind of slang or argot.
    • n cant The words and phrases peculiar to or characteristic of a sect, party, or profession; the dialect of a class, sect, or set of people: used in an unfavorable sense.
    • n cant A pretentious or insincere assumption, in speech, of a religious character; an ostentatious or insincere use of solemn or religious phraseology.
    • n cant Hence Any insincerity or conventionality in speech, especially insincere assumption or conventional pretense of enthusiasm for high thoughts or aims.
    • n cant Synonyms and Cant, Slang, Colloquialism. Cant belongs to a class; slang to no one class, except where it is specified: as, college slang; parliamentary slang. Slang is generally over-vivid in metaphor and threadbare from use, and is often vulgar or ungrammatical; cant may be correct, but unintelligible to those outside of the class concerned. Cant has also the meaning of insincere or conventional use of religious or other set phrases, as above. A colloquialism is simply an expression that belongs to common conversation, but Is considered too homely for refined speech or for writing.
    • cant Of the nature of cant or jargon.
    • n cant Something given in charity.
    • n cant An auction; sale by auction. Grose.
    • cant To sell by auction.
    • cant To enhance or increase, as by competitive bidding at an auction.
    • cant Bold; strong; hearty; lusty. Now usually canty (which see).
    • cant To recover or mend; grow strong.
    • n cant An oblique line which cuts off a corner of a rectangle; an oblique side of a polygon; an oblique plane which cuts off the corner of a cuboid; an oblique face of a crystal; a slanting face of a bank.
    • n cant A sudden movement, as on board ship, resulting in a tilting up.
    • n cant One of the pieces which form the ends of the buckets on a water-wheel.
    • n cant A canting person.
    • n cant A portion, share, or division; a parcel or bundle: as, a cant of hay; a cant of growing grain assigned to a reaper.
    • n cant In civil law, a method of partitioning property the title to which is vested in two or more parties in common.
    • n cant An abbreviation of Canticles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Cant kant to speak in a conventional manner: to use the language of thieves, &c.: to talk in an affectedly solemn or hypocritical way
    • n Cant a hypocritical or affected style of speech: the language peculiar to a sect: odd or peculiar talk of any kind: slang: a common saying: affected use of religious phrases or sentiments
    • n Cant kant an inclination from the level: a toss or jerk: a sloping or tilted position: one of the segments forming a side-piece in the head of a cask: a ship's timber lying obliquely to the line of the keel
    • v.t Cant to turn on the edge or corner: to tilt or toss suddenly
    • n Cant kant sale by auction
    • v.t Cant to sell by auction
    • adj Cant kant brisk: lively.
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Quotations

  • Dr. Who
    Dr. Who
    “There's no point in being grown up if you cant be childish sometimes.”
  • Laurence Sterne
    Laurence%20Sterne
    “Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant's into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don't just think it -- ink it!”
  • Robert Burns
    Robert%20Burns
    “Their sighing , canting , grace-proud faces, their three-mile prayers, and half-mile graces.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics, for we get rid of cant and hypocrisy.”
  • John Adams
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    “I read my eyes out and cant read half enough. The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF., edge, angle, prof. from L. canthus, the iron ring round a carriage wheel, a wheel, Gr. the corner of the eye, the felly of a wheel; cf. W. cant, the stake or tire of a wheel. Cf. Canthus Canton Cantle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scot.; der. unknown. See Canty.

Usage

In literature:

This talk of "legitimate expansion" is indeed now only an exploiter's cant.
"What is Coming?" by H. G. Wells
Cant, howl, and whimper!
"The Saint's Tragedy" by Charles Kingsley
This is the common cant of those who become critics for the sake of distinction.
"Lectures on Art" by Washington Allston
But we cant always have our ruthers.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
CANT'WELL (Dr.), the hypocrite, the English representative of Moliere's Tartuffe.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
I would rather never see England again than live here to be ruled by King Cromwell and his canting Ironsides.
"Friends, though divided" by G. A. Henty
In this chorus of abuse there was mingled a share of cant; but Byron got, on the whole, what he deserved.
"From Chaucer to Tennyson" by Henry A. Beers
The word Cant is rather from 'cantare', as a chanting whine, than from the Andrew Cants, father and son, of Charles the Second's time.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
I threw aside the arquebuse and proceeded to kill the canting mendicant.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
He had no cant and no hypocrisy, no pose and no fads.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
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In poetry:

Christ, hear the creature,
canting like a preacher!
Should we gibe and jeer him?
Or hear him?
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
And still they hear the craiking sound
And still they wonder why
It surely cant be under ground
Nor is it in the sky
"The Landrail" by John Clare
But though Philosophy has tried
A score of definitions,
’Twixt man and dog it can’t decide
The relative positions.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
‘Ow!’ screamed Beverley Nichols
‘Take it away! It tickles!
You know I simply can’t bear
An earwig loose in my hair.’
"Clerihew – Beverley Nichols" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Our younger dogs cut off from hence
At sight of lash uplifted;
But Rove, with grand indifference,
Remains, and can’t be shifted.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
But the sinless children’s tears
Can’t be dried, tho’ you confess,
‘Tis because they always bear
Jesus Christ in holly rays.
"Children" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky

In news:

I cant live without you.
It cant happen under the current regime.
Preserving a crime scene sometimes means wrestling a grieving man to the ground so he cant disturb the DNA evidence on his murdered wife.
I mean if I run out of money in my home budget, I cant wait until January to address that issue.
"Tijuana can´t conduct a publicity campaign, because first of all nobody has figured out whom to invite," Carlos Alazraki told a crowd of several hundred who attended his talk at the Tijuana Innovadora conference.
Let me start by saying Tom Benson can buy the Hornets, but he cant give Drew Brees the money he deserves.
Red Tape Cant Stop Transplant.
Red Tape Cant Stop Transplant.
Web Services Standards Cant Be Rigged .
I cant wait for this song to be released.
We cant fund our schools and you are talking about seceding .
I am with you who says they cant beat new england at home.
A shade with straight sides feels more modern, while more canted sides become more traditional.
And the clean gleam of its smooth, slightly canted metal top, which cues a user's eye to tilt in the right direction.
SNMP Threat Shows Why IT Cant Afford to Be Shortsighted.
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In science:

For small µ, there is significant undercoverage, while for µ near 1.0, there is significant overcoverage.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
Using the default values instead of the L3 values we obtained a significantly smaller value of Rout (below 0.5) and significantly smaller λ.
Modelling Bose-Einstein effect from asymmetric sources in Monte Carlo generators
In contrast, the MORPHS survey finds a significantly larger k+A fraction of ∼ 20% and a significant excess of post-starburst galaxies.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
The cross-correlation function does not find a significant correlation, but the mutual information shows significant interrelations between x and y at delays of 0.05, 0.4 and −0.3.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
TABLE I: Bi-fan generalizations in different networks. (aX,bY) represents the multiplicity of each of the roles in ’+’: Statistically significant generalizations, ’-’: non-significant generalizations.
Topological Generalizations of network motifs
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