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cane1 (keɪn Pronunciation for cane1

Definitions

noun

    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 Pronunciation for cane2

Definitions

noun

  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'

And with a smile, the 91-year-old leaned on her cane and headed to the subway.
Toronto Sun (2003)
Artie had moved up from the walker to crutches, and then to a cane.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich
But he clung to Livy's company, almost as he clung to his cane.
Gaskin, Catherine The Ambassador's Women
In sugar cane regions, losses of 380 tons per hectare have been recorded, compared with only four in natural rainforests.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
She suffered spinal fractures, other broken bones and nerve damage and continues to struggle with her injuries, walking with a cane.
canada.com (2004)
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
The energy bill savings: Rs 20 for every cane of crushed sugarcane.
Business Today (1999)
The line arrangement reproduces the shape of the cane to emphasize its theme: slow growth, a word at a time.
Montefiore, Jan Feminism and Poetry
The problem is largely due to the way in which sugar cane is farmed.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)

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