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Definitions of cane

cane1 (keɪn



    1. the long jointed pithy or hollow flexible stem of the bamboo, rattan, or any similar plant
    2. any plant having such a stem
    1. strips of such stems, woven or interlaced to make wickerwork, the seats and backs of chairs, etc
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒  ■ a cane chair
  1. the woody stem of a reed, young grapevine, blackberry, raspberry, or loganberry
  2. any of several grasses with long stiff stems, esp Arundinaria gigantea of the southeastern US
  3. a flexible rod with which to administer a beating as a punishment, as to schoolboys
  4. a slender rod, usually wooden and often ornamental, used for support when walking; walking stick
  5. See sugar cane
  6. a slender rod or cylinder, as of glass


verb (transitive)

  1. to whip or beat with or as if with a cane
  2. to make or repair with cane
  3. (informal) to defeat   ⇒  ■ we got well caned in the match
  4. See cane it

Derived Forms

ˈcaner  noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Latin canna, from Greek kanna, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic qanāh reed

cane2 (keɪn



  1. (dialect) a female weasel

Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin

Translations for 'cane'

  • British English: cane Cane is used to refer to the long, hollow, hard stems of plants such as bamboo. NOUN...cane furniture.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cana
  • Chinese: > 茎竹或甘蔗的> 茎莖
  • European Spanish: caña
  • French: rotin
  • German: Rohr
  • Italian: bambù
  • Japanese:
  • Korean: > 줄기대나무 등의
  • Portuguese: cana
  • Spanish: caña

Example Sentences Including 'cane'

Artie had moved up from the walker to crutches, and then to a cane.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich
Teddy stood on the tarmac, balancing on his cane , the rain dripping from the broad flat brim of his hat.
Duncan, Robert L The Serpent's Mark
But he clung to Livy's company, almost as he clung to his cane.
Gaskin, Catherine The Ambassador's Women


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