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Cant meaning

cant - 27 dictionary results

  1. 1. A corner; angle; niche.
  2. 2. An outer or external angle.
  3. 3. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
  6. 6. A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel.
  7. 7. A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
  8. 8. To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.
  9. 9. To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football.
  10. 10. To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt.
  11. 11. An affected, singsong mode of speaking.
  12. 12. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation.
  13. 13. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy.
  14. 14. Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars.
  15. 15. Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar.
  16. 16. To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone.
  17. 17. To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic.
  18. 18. To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning.
  19. 19. A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction.
  20. 20. to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction.
  21. 21. The words and phrases used by a certain profession, party, sect, etc.; the use of certain phrases and forms of speech without sincerity, especially the insincere use of sacred words; a slope; an inclination.
  22. 22. To give a tilt or slant to.
  23. 23. To speak in a whining voice, or with an assumed or hypocritical tone; make whining pretensions to goodness; to lean.
  24. 24. An inclination from the level; a toss.
  25. 25. Hypocritical language, or that peculiar to a sect.
  26. 26. To speak with a whine, or hypocritically.
  27. 27. To tilt or incline.

cant - examples of usage

  1. It was merely, he pleaded, the cant of the Non- juring party exposed; and he mentioned several printed books in which the same objects were expressed, though not in words so plain, and at length. - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  2. And that man might have swung a cant- stick once- a single blow at the back of the head- and Jeffrey would have gone stumbling and falling over the edge of the path. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. But all these cases formed the mysterious part of his practice, in which, according to the cant phrase, " secrecy and honour might be depended on." - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
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