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can't

 (kănt)
Contraction of cannot.

can't

(kɑːnt)
contraction of
cannot

cant1

(kænt)

n.
1. insincere or hypocritical statements, esp. pious platitudes.
2. the private language of the underworld.
3. the words and phrases peculiar to a particular class, profession, etc.
4. whining or singsong speech.
v.i.
5. to talk piously or hypocritically.
6. to beg in a whining or singsong tone.
[1495–1505; < Latin base cant- in cantus song, canticus singsong, etc.; see chant]

cant2

(kænt)

n.
1. a salient angle.
2. a sudden movement that tilts or overturns a thing.
3. a slanting or tilted position.
4. an oblique line or surface, as one formed by cutting off the corner of a square or cube.
6. a sudden pitch or toss.
7. Also called flitch. a partly trimmed log.
adj.
8. oblique or slanting.
v.t.
9. to bevel; form an oblique surface upon.
10. to put in an oblique position; tilt; tip.
11. to throw with a sudden jerk.
v.i.
12. to take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.
[1325–75; Middle English: side, border < Anglo-French cant, Old French chant]
cant′ic, adj.

can't

(kænt, kɑnt)
contraction of cannot.
usage: See can1, cannot.
References in classic literature ?
I can't understand what you want to torment me for.
I'm nearly as impolite and disagreeable and ill-mannered as these two old Knickerbocker gents on each side of me that can't sleep of nights because I bought in between 'em.
I can't give you the hang of it, but I feel it, I KNOW it.
To"--the Story Girl threw a defiant glance at me as if to say, "You can't spoil the surprise of THIS, anyway,"--"to--the Awkward Man.
Well, we can't help it; we got to do the best we can with the materials we've got.
Cut the trace here, somebody, if you can't unhitch it
The widder's good to me, and friendly; but I can't stand them ways.
You know very well that she can't bear the sight of him.
They won't have me back, my place has been filled up, I can't get any fighting.
Mine are spoiled with lemonade, and I can't get any new ones, so I shall have to go without," said Jo, who never troubled herself much about dress.
Here's a nice little spot where the wind can't get at you," said Captain Jim, when they reached the rocks.
That natural law surmounts every other; we can't help what it clashes with.

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