, caning, caned
1. variable noun [oft N n] Cane is used to refer to the long, hollow, hard stems of plants such as bamboo. Strips of cane are often used to make furniture, and some types of cane can be crushed and processed to make sugar. ⇒ ...cane furniture. ⇒ ...cane sugar. ⇒ Bamboo produces an annual crop of cane. ⇒ Dig out and burn infected canes. 2. countable noun A cane is a long thin stick with a curved or round top which you can use to support yourself when you are walking, or which in the past was fashionable to carry with you. walking stick ⇒ He wore a grey suit and leaned heavily on his cane. 3. countable noun A cane is a long, thin, flexible stick which in the past was used to hit people, especially children at school, as a punishment. ⇒ Until the 1980s some criminals were still flogged with a rattan cane as a punishment.
The cane is used to refer to the punishment of being hit with a cane. ⇒ In school, you knew if you misbehaved you would get the cane.
If a child is caned, he or she is hit with a cane as a punishment. [be/get V-ed for -ing/n] ⇒ In Wales in the same era, boys were caned for speaking Welsh in the playground. [V n] ⇒ I have caned my son when necessary. [Also be/get V-ed]
5. countable noun A cane is a tall, narrow stick, usually made of bamboo, which is used for supporting plants.
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