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1. A city of northeast Ohio south-southeast of Akron. It was the home of President William McKinley.
2. (kăn′tŏn′, kăn′tŏn′) See Guangzhou.


 (kăn′tən, -tŏn′)
a. A small territorial division of a country, especially one of the states of Switzerland.
b. A subdivision of an arrondissement in France.
2. Heraldry A small, square division of a shield, usually in the upper right corner.
3. A usually rectangular division of a flag, occupying the upper corner next to the staff.

[French, from Old French, from Old Italian cantone, augmentative of canto, corner, from Vulgar Latin *cantus; see cant1.]

can′ton·al (kăn′tə-nəl, kăn-tŏn′əl) adj.
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1. (Physical Geography) any of the 23 political divisions of Switzerland
2. (Physical Geography) a subdivision of a French arrondissement
3. (Heraldry) heraldry a small square or oblong charge on a shield, usually in the top left corner
4. (Physical Geography) (tr) to divide into cantons
5. (Military) (esp formerly) to allocate accommodation to (military personnel)
[C16: from Old French: corner, division, from Italian cantone, from canto corner, from Latin canthus iron rim; see cant2]
ˈcantonal adj


1. (Placename) a port in SE China, capital of Guangdong province, on the Zhu Jiang (Pearl River): the first Chinese port open to European trade. Pop: 3 881 000 (2005 est). Chinese names: Guangzhou or Kwangchow
2. (Placename) a city in the US, in NE Ohio. Pop: 80 806 (2000)
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(ˈkæn tn, -tɒn, kænˈtɒn)
1. a small territorial district, esp. one of the states of the Swiss confederation.
2. a division of a French arrondissement.
3. the dexter chief area of a heraldic field.
4. Obs. division; part; section.
[1525–35; < Middle French < Old Provençal, derivative of can side, edge (see cant2)]
can′ton•al, adj.


(kænˈtɒn, ˈkæn tɒn for 1; ˈkæn tn for 2 )

2. a city in NE Ohio: location of the football Hall of Fame. 86,030.
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Past participle: cantoned
Gerund: cantoning

I canton
you canton
he/she/it cantons
we canton
you canton
they canton
I cantoned
you cantoned
he/she/it cantoned
we cantoned
you cantoned
they cantoned
Present Continuous
I am cantoning
you are cantoning
he/she/it is cantoning
we are cantoning
you are cantoning
they are cantoning
Present Perfect
I have cantoned
you have cantoned
he/she/it has cantoned
we have cantoned
you have cantoned
they have cantoned
Past Continuous
I was cantoning
you were cantoning
he/she/it was cantoning
we were cantoning
you were cantoning
they were cantoning
Past Perfect
I had cantoned
you had cantoned
he/she/it had cantoned
we had cantoned
you had cantoned
they had cantoned
I will canton
you will canton
he/she/it will canton
we will canton
you will canton
they will canton
Future Perfect
I will have cantoned
you will have cantoned
he/she/it will have cantoned
we will have cantoned
you will have cantoned
they will have cantoned
Future Continuous
I will be cantoning
you will be cantoning
he/she/it will be cantoning
we will be cantoning
you will be cantoning
they will be cantoning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cantoning
you have been cantoning
he/she/it has been cantoning
we have been cantoning
you have been cantoning
they have been cantoning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cantoning
you will have been cantoning
he/she/it will have been cantoning
we will have been cantoning
you will have been cantoning
they will have been cantoning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cantoning
you had been cantoning
he/she/it had been cantoning
we had been cantoning
you had been cantoning
they had been cantoning
I would canton
you would canton
he/she/it would canton
we would canton
you would canton
they would canton
Past Conditional
I would have cantoned
you would have cantoned
he/she/it would have cantoned
we would have cantoned
you would have cantoned
they would have cantoned
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.canton - a city on the Zhu Jiang delta in southern ChinaCanton - a city on the Zhu Jiang delta in southern China; the capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water port
Cathay, China, Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic of China, PRC, Red China - a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
2.canton - a small administrative division of a country
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division - a district defined for administrative purposes
Swiss canton - one of the cantons of Switzerland
Verb1.canton - provide housing for (military personnel)
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
lodge, accommodate - provide housing for; "We are lodging three foreign students this semester"
2.canton - divide into cantons, of a country
carve up, dissever, divide, split, split up, separate - separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
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[ˈkæntɒn] N (Admin, Pol) → cantón m
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nKanton m
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[ˈkæntɒn] ncantone m
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References in classic literature ?
I even doubted if the Rhone glacier WAS in a Protestant canton; but I did not know, so I could not make anything by contradicting a man who would probably put me down at once with manufactured evidence.
"In the Protestant cantons you never see such poverty and dirt and squalor as you do in this Catholic one; you never see the lanes and alleys flowing with foulness; you never see such wretched little sties of houses; you never see an inverted tin turnip on top of a church for a dome; and as for a church-bell, why, you never hear a church-bell at all."
In Switzerland, where the Union is so very slight, each canton is obliged to allow to merchandises a passage through its jurisdiction into other cantons, without an augmentation of the tolls.
"When I first settled here, sir, I found a dozen cretins in this part of the canton," and the doctor turned round to point out the ruined cottages for the officer's benefit.
The latter had to take their peltries to Canton, which, however, was a mere receiving mart, from whence they had to be distributed over the interior of the empire and sent to the northern parts, where there was the chief consumption.
The island is situated at the mouth of the Canton River, and is separated by about sixty miles from the Portuguese town of Macao, on the opposite coast.
The physician could not bear to see his people weep, to see flock round him the poor of the canton, to whom Athos had so often given life and consolation by his kind words and his charities.
But when she entered, not a bird appeared except the everlastingly kissing swallows on the Canton china that lined the shelves.
And now from Cape Horn to Nova Zembla, and from Canton round to Canton again, there were factories and workshops and industrial resources.
The connection among the Swiss cantons scarcely amounts to a confederacy; though it is sometimes cited as an instance of the stability of such institutions.
We see the Switzers last well, notwithstanding their diversity of religion, and of cantons. For utility is their bond, and not respects.
From all sides the free companions had trooped in, until not less than twelve thousand of these veteran troops were cantoned along the frontiers of Navarre.