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Definitions of cant

  1. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. having the slant of a bevel; "a bevel edge"; "a cant buttress" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. insincere talk about religion or morals Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. A corner; angle; niche. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. An outer or external angle. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. An affected, singsong mode of speaking. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. To give a tilt or slant to. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. To speak in a whining voice, or with an assumed or hypocritical tone; make whining pretensions to goodness; to lean. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. To talk in an affectedly solemn or hypocritical way. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. A hypocritical or affected style of speech: the language peculiar to a sect: odd or peculiar talk of any kind. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  33. (orig.) An edge or corner: an inclination from the level: a toss or jerk. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  34. To turn on the edge or corner: to tilt or toss suddenly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. An inclination from the level; a toss. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  36. Hypocritical language, or that peculiar to a sect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  37. To speak with a whine, or hypocritically. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  38. To tilt or incline. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  39. To slant; tip up; tilt. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  40. An inclination or tipping; a slant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. To talk with affected religiousness; speak in a hypocritical way. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. Formal, ostentatious, religious talk. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. Any technical or professional phraseology. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. Of the nature of cant. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  45. A whining sing-song manner of speaking, especially that which is affected; a mode of speaking peculiar to a certain seat or party; generally, affectation of speech, as when one says or professes what he does not sincerely think, believe, or feel. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  46. An external angle; an inclination from a horizontal line; a thrust; a jerk. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  47. To tilt over; to incline. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  48. To speak whiningly, peculiarly, or insincerely. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  49. To speak in a whining tone of voice. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  50. Whining affected speech; hypocritical jargon; slang. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  51. To pitch forward; to place upon the edge, as a cask; to jerk; to throw; among carpen., to cut off an angle from a square piece of timber. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  52. An inclination from a horizontal line; a thrust; a push. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  53. kant, v.i. to speak in a conventional manner: to use the language of thieves, &c.: to talk in an affectedly solemn or hypocritical way.--n. a hypocritical or affected style of speech: the language peculiar to a sect: odd or peculiar talk of any kind: slang: a common saying: affected use of religious phrases or sentiments.--n. CANT'ER, one who cants, a beggar: one who makes hypocritical professions.--adj. CANT'ING, whining, pretending to piety: (her.) allusive (see ALLUSIVE). [L. cant[=a]re, freq. of can[)e]re, to sing.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  54. kant, n. an inclination from the level: a toss or jerk: a sloping or tilted position: one of the segments forming a side-piece in the head of a cask: a ship's timber lying obliquely to the line of the keel.--v.t. to turn on the edge or corner: to tilt or toss suddenly.--ns. CANT'ING, tilting; CANT'ING-COIN; CANT'ING-WHEEL; CANT'-RAIL, a timber running along the tops of the upright pieces in the sides of the body of a railway-carriage and supporting the roof and roof-sticks. [Prob. conn. with Dut. kant; Ger. kante, corner.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  55. kant, n. sale by auction.--v.t. to sell by auction. [O. Fr. encant, auction; der. uncertain, cf. Low L. incant[=a]re, to put up to auction.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  56. kant, adj. brisk: lively. [Scot.; der. unknown. See CANTY.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  57. Bevel, oblique face, of crystal, bank, &c.; push, toss, movement, that partly or quite upsets; tilted or sideways position; c.-board, sloping board. [Dutch] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  58. (Trans.) bevel off; tilt; turn over, turn upside down; push, pitch, sideways. (Intr.) take inclined position; lie aslant; (Naut.) swing round. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  59. Peculiar language of class, profession, sect, &c., jargon; temporary catchwords (esp. as adj., c. phrase &c.); words used for fashion without being meant, unreal use of words implying piety; hypocrisy. (Vb) use talk of these kinds; (Herald.) canting arms, heraldry, coat, containing allusion to name of bearer; hence canter n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  60. [Fr.] A corner, an edge. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  61. The hind bow of a saddle. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  62. Verb, (1) to raise, or rise, on the edge or corner, e.g. to decant; (2) to cut off the angle of a square building; (3) to edge in, put a border; cf. Ger. kante, comer, border. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  63. n. [Welsh] An angle;—an inclination from a horizontal line;—a push, or other impulse, with a sudden jerk. Cabinet Dictionary
  64. n. [Latin] An affected mode of speaking;—a word or phrase hackneyed or peculiar;—whining pretensions;—the jargon of gypsies and thieves. Cabinet Dictionary
  65. A corrupt dialect used by beggars and vagabonds; a form of speaking peculiar to some certain class or body of men; a whining pretension to goodness; barbarous jargon; auction. Complete Dictionary

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