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cant 1

 (kănt)
n.
1. Angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope.
2. A slanted or oblique surface.
3.
a. A thrust or motion that tilts something.
b. The tilt caused by such a thrust or motion.
4. An outer corner, as of a building.
v. cant·ed, cant·ing, cants
v.tr.
1. To set at an oblique angle; tilt.
2. To give a slanting edge to; bevel.
3. To change the direction of suddenly.
v.intr.
1. To lean to one side; slant.
2. To take an oblique direction or course; swing around, as a ship.

[Middle English, side, from Old North French, from Vulgar Latin *cantus, corner, from Latin canthus, rim of wheel, tire, of Celtic origin.]

cant 2

 (kănt)
n.
1. Tedious or hackneyed language, especially when used sanctimoniously: "a merciless onslaught upon the cant of the age, the cant about progress, equality, [and] universal education" (C. Vann Woodward).
2.
a. The special vocabulary peculiar to the members of an underworld group; argot.
b. The special vocabulary of a profession, discipline, or social group; jargon.
3. Cant See Shelta.
4. Whining or singsong speech, such as that used by beggars.
intr.v. cant·ed, cant·ing, cants
1. To speak tediously or sanctimoniously.
2. To speak in argot or jargon.
3. To speak in a whining or singsong voice.

[Anglo-Norman cant, song, singing, from canter, to sing, from Latin cantāre; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]

cant′ing·ly adv.

cant

(kænt)
n
1. insincere talk, esp concerning religion or morals; pious platitudes
2. stock phrases that have become meaningless through repetition
3. specialized vocabulary of a particular group, such as thieves, journalists, or lawyers; jargon
4. singsong whining speech, as used by beggars
vb
(intr) to speak in or use cant
[C16: probably via Norman French canter to sing, from Latin cantāre; used disparagingly, from the 12th century, of chanting in religious services]
ˈcanter n
ˈcantingly adv

cant

(kænt)
n
1. inclination from a vertical or horizontal plane; slope; slant
2. a sudden movement that tilts or turns something
3. the angle or tilt thus caused
4. (Building) a corner or outer angle, esp of a building
5. an oblique or slanting surface, edge, or line
vb (tr)
6. to tip, tilt, or overturn, esp with a sudden jerk
7. (Mechanical Engineering) to set in an oblique position
8. (Building) another word for bevel1
adj
9. oblique; slanting
10. having flat surfaces and without curves
[C14 (in the sense: edge, corner): perhaps from Latin canthus iron hoop round a wheel, of obscure origin]
ˈcantic adj

cant

(kɑːnt)
adj
dialect Scot and Northern English lusty; merry; hearty
[C14: related to Low German kant bold, merry]

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.

cant


Past participle: canted
Gerund: canting

Imperative
cant
cant
Present
I cant
you cant
he/she/it cants
we cant
you cant
they cant
Preterite
I canted
you canted
he/she/it canted
we canted
you canted
they canted
Present Continuous
I am canting
you are canting
he/she/it is canting
we are canting
you are canting
they are canting
Present Perfect
I have canted
you have canted
he/she/it has canted
we have canted
you have canted
they have canted
Past Continuous
I was canting
you were canting
he/she/it was canting
we were canting
you were canting
they were canting
Past Perfect
I had canted
you had canted
he/she/it had canted
we had canted
you had canted
they had canted
Future
I will cant
you will cant
he/she/it will cant
we will cant
you will cant
they will cant
Future Perfect
I will have canted
you will have canted
he/she/it will have canted
we will have canted
you will have canted
they will have canted
Future Continuous
I will be canting
you will be canting
he/she/it will be canting
we will be canting
you will be canting
they will be canting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been canting
you have been canting
he/she/it has been canting
we have been canting
you have been canting
they have been canting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been canting
you will have been canting
he/she/it will have been canting
we will have been canting
you will have been canting
they will have been canting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been canting
you had been canting
he/she/it had been canting
we had been canting
you had been canting
they had been canting
Conditional
I would cant
you would cant
he/she/it would cant
we would cant
you would cant
they would cant
Past Conditional
I would have canted
you would have canted
he/she/it would have canted
we would have canted
you would have canted
they would have canted

cant

A specialized vocabulary used among a particular group of people.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cant - stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetitioncant - stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
2.cant - a slope in the turn of a road or trackcant - 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
incline, slope, side - an elevated geological formation; "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of a mountain"
3.cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
bite - a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"
swiz - British slang for a swindle
heist, rip-off - the act of stealing
shakedown - extortion of money (as by blackmail)
power trip - (slang) a self-aggrandizing action undertaken simply for the pleasure of exercising control over other people
blowjob, cock sucking - slang for fellatio
hand job, jacking off, jerking off, wank - slang for masturbation
dekko - British slang for a look
square-bashing - drill on a barracks square
shakedown - a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
caff - informal British term for a cafe
deck - street name for a packet of illegal drugs
gat, rod - a gangster's pistol
Mickey Finn - slang term for knockout drops
nick - (British slang) a prison; "he's in the nick"
dreck, schlock, shlock - merchandise that is shoddy or inferior
cert - an absolute certainty; "it's a dead cert"
legs - staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"
soup-strainer, toothbrush - slang for a mustache
arsehole, bunghole, arse, asshole - vulgar slang for anus
bay window, potbelly, tummy, corporation, pot - slang for a paunch
niff, pong - an unpleasant smell
street name - slang for something (especially for an illegal drug); "`smack' is a street name for heroin"
corker - (dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person; "that story was a corker"
hooey, poppycock, stuff and nonsense, stuff - senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff"
baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle, taradiddle, tarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writing
codswallop, folderol, trumpery, wish-wash, applesauce, tripe, rubbish, trash - nonsensical talk or writing
skin flick - a pornographic movie
dibs - a claim of rights; "I have dibs on that last slice of pizza"
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
rhyming slang - slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component; "Cockney rhyming slang"
bunfight, bun-fight - (Briticism) a grand formal party on an important occasion
burnup - a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
nosh-up - a large satisfying meal
hood - (slang) a neighborhood
'hood - (slang) a neighborhood
paleface - (slang) a derogatory term for a white person (supposedly used by North American Indians)
poor white trash, white trash - (slang) an offensive term for White people who are impoverished
honkey, honkie, honky, whitey - (slang) offensive names for a White man
slant-eye, gook - (slang) a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War)
Injun, red man, Redskin - (slang) offensive term for Native Americans
hymie, kike, sheeny, yid - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Jew
Chinaman, chink - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent
dago, ginzo, greaseball, wop, Guinea - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Italian descent
Jap, Nip - (offensive slang) offensive term for a person of Japanese descent
spic, spick, spik - (ethnic slur) offensive term for persons of Latin American descent
Boche, Jerry, Kraut, Krauthead, Hun - offensive term for a person of German descent
4.cant - insincere talk about religion or morals
talk, talking - an exchange of ideas via conversation; "let's have more work and less talk around here"
5.cant - two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degreescant - two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
edge - a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object; "he rounded the edges of the box"
splay - an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
Verb1.cant - heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
cock - tilt or slant to one side; "cock one's head"

cant

1
noun
1. hypocrisy, pretence, lip service, humbug, insincerity, pretentiousness, sanctimoniousness, pious platitudes, affected piety, sham holiness Politicians are holding forth with their usual hypocritical cant.
2. jargon, slang, vernacular, patter, lingo, argot He resorted to a lot of pseudo-psychological cant to confuse me.

cant

2
verb tilt, angle, slope, incline, slant, bevel, rise The helicopter canted inward towards the landing area.

cant 1

noun
Deviation from a particular direction:
verb
To depart or cause to depart from true vertical or horizontal:

cant 2

noun
1. A variety of a language that differs from the standard form:
2. Specialized expressions indigenous to a particular field, subject, trade, or subculture:
Translations
رِياء، نِفاقكَلامُ اللُصوص
frázovitá řečhantýrkatlach
floskeljargon
kallistaakaltevuus
kántálásképmutatástolvajnyelvzsargon
hræsnislangur
argoveidmainiška kalbažargonas
liekulībažargons
frázy
argoyapmacık konuşma

cant

1 [kænt]
A. N (= slope) → inclinación f, sesgo m; [of crystal etc] → bisel m
B. VTinclinar, sesgar
C. VIinclinarse, ladearse
cant over VI + ADVvolcar

cant

2 [kænt]
A. N
1. (= hypocrisy) → hipocresía(s) f(pl)
2. (= jargon) → jerga f
B. VIcamandulear

cant

[ˈkænt]
n (= hypocritical talk) → discours m hypocrite, propos mpl hypocrites
vtpencher
vipencher

cant

1
n
(= hypocrisy)Heuchelei f, → scheinheiliges or leeres Gerede
(= jargon)Jargon m, → Kauderwelsch nt

cant

2
n (= tilt)Schräge f
vtschräg stellen, kanten; the wind canted the boatder Wind brachte das Boot zum Kippen
vischräg or schief sein, sich neigen; (boat)kippen

cant

1 [kænt] n (hypocritical talk) → discorsi mpl ipocriti; (jargon) → gergo

cant

2 [kænt]
1. vi (tilt) → inclinarsi
2. vtinclinare; (overturn) → rovesciare

cant

(kӕnt) noun
1. insincere talk. politicians' cant.
2. the special slang of a particular group of people. thieves' cant.
References in classic literature ?
just as you please; i'm sorry i cant spare ye a tablecloth for a mattress, and it's a plaguy rough board here --feeling of the knots and notches.
Let us now with whatever levers and steam-engines we have at hand, cant over the sperm whale's head, so that it may lie bottom up; then, ascending by a ladder to the summit, have a peep down the mouth; and were it not that the body is now completely separated from it, with a lantern we might descend into the great Kentucky Mammoth Cave of his stomach.
For it could not help bringing up the un- get-aroundable fact that, all gentle cant and philoso- phizing to the contrary notwithstanding, no people in the world ever did achieve their freedom by goody- goody talk and moral suasion: it being immutable law that all revolutions that will succeed must BEGIN in blood, whatever may answer afterward.
They saw a weed-grown, floorless room, unplastered, an ancient fireplace, va- cant windows, a ruinous staircase; and here, there, and everywhere hung ragged and abandoned cobwebs.
Miss Dearborn says use the words you CAN spell and if you cant spell seraphim make angel do but angels are not just the same as seraphims.
Her form, though not so correct as her sister's, in having the advantage of height, was more striking; and her face was so lovely, that when in the common cant of praise, she was called a beautiful girl, truth was less violently outraged than usually happens.
This, par parenthese, will be thought cool language by persons who entertain solemn doctrines about the angelic nature of children, and the duty of those charged with their education to conceive for them an idolatrous devotion: but I am not writing to flatter parental egotism, to echo cant, or prop up humbug; I am merely telling the truth.
Sheep was a cant word of the time for a spy, under the gaolers.
Man,' said the Ghost, `if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is.
It was the first time it had ever occurred to me, that this detestable cant of false humility might have originated out of the Heep family.
It is likewise to be observed, that this society has a peculiar cant and jargon of their own, that no other mortal can understand, and wherein all their laws are written, which they take special care to multiply; whereby they have wholly confounded the very essence of truth and falsehood, of right and wrong; so that it will take thirty years to decide, whether the field left me by my ancestors for six generations belongs to me, or to a stranger three hundred miles off.
Now, between you and me, I don't want to hang - that's practical; but for all cant, Macfarlane, I was born with a contempt.