cant


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cant \Cant\, a.
   Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar.
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         To introduce and multiply cant words in the most
         ruinous corruption in any language.      --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cant \Cant\, v. i.
   1. To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong
      tone.
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   2. To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an
      affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice
      hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic.
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            The rankest rogue that ever canted.   --Beau. & Fl.
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   3. To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or
      technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning.
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            The doctor here,
            When he discourseth of dissection,
            Of vena cava and of vena porta,
            The meser[ae]um and the mesentericum,
            What does he else but cant.           --B. Jonson
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            That uncouth affected garb of speech, or canting
            language, if I may so call it.        --Bp.
                                                  Sanderson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cant \Cant\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Canted; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Canting.]
   1. To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon
      the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.
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   2. To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant
      round a stick of timber; to cant a football.
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   3. To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of
      timber, or from the head of a bolt.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cant \Cant\, n. [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.]
   1. A corner; angle; niche. [Obs.]
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            The first and principal person in the temple was
            Irene, or Peace; she was placed aloft in a cant.
                                                  --B. Jonson.
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   2. An outer or external angle.
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   3. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope
      or bevel; a titl. --Totten.
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   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.
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   5. (Coopering) A segment forming a side piece in the head of
      a cask. --Knight.
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   6. (Mech.) A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel.
      --Knight.
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   7. (Naut.) A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to
      support the bulkheads.
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   Cant frames, Cant timbers (Naut.), timber at the two ends
      of a ship, rising obliquely from the keel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cant \Cant\, n. [Prob. from OF. cant, F. chant, singing, in
   allusion to the singing or whining tine of voice used by
   beggars, fr. L. cantus. See Chant.]
   1. An affected, singsong mode of speaking.
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   2. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class,
      or occupation. --Goldsmith.
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            The cant of any profession.           --Dryden.
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   3. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or
      sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not
      felt; hypocrisy.
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            They shall hear no cant from me.      --F. W.
                                                  Robertson
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   4. Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by
      gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cant \Cant\, n. [Prob. from OF. cant, equiv. to L. quantum; cf.
   F. encan, fr. L. in quantum, i.e. "for how much?"]
   A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction. "To sell
   their leases by cant." --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cant \Cant\, v. t.
   to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction.
   [Archaic] --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Can't \Can't\
   A colloquial contraction for can not.
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