stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
bank, cant, camber(noun)
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
slang, cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular(noun)
a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
"they don't speak our lingo"
cant, pious platitude(noun)
insincere talk about religion or morals
bevel, cant, chamfer(verb)
two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
cant, cant over, tilt, slant, pitch(verb)
"The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting"
cannot; is unable to; does not have the ability to
I can't quite get it to work.
is forbidden to; is not permitted to
You can't enter the hall without a ticket.
slope, the angle at which something is set.
A movement or throw that overturns something.
To set (something) at an angle.
To bevel an edge or corner.
To overturn so that the contents are emptied.
To divide or parcel out.
Origin: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.
a corner; angle; niche
an outer or external angle
an inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl
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
a segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask
a segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel
a piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads
to incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship
to give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football
to cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt
an affected, singsong mode of speaking
the idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation
the use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy
vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars
of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar
to speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone
to make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic
to use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning
a call for bidders at a public sale; an auction
to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction
Origin: [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.]
A cant is the jargon or argot of a group, often implying its use to exclude or mislead people outside the group.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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. cantāre, freq. of canĕre, to sing.]
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.]
kant, n. sale by auction.—v.t. to sell by auction. [O. Fr. encant, auction; der. uncertain, cf. Low L. incantāre, to put up to auction.]
kant, adj. brisk: lively. [Scot.; der. unknown. See Canty.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
affectation of thinking, believing, and feeling what one in his heart and reality does not, of which there are two degrees, insincere and sincere; insincere when one cants knowing it, and sincere when one cants without knowing it, the latter being of the darker and deeper dye.
The numerical value of CANT in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of CANT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The book you don't read cant help.
I'm working around food. I can't go in there smelling, and I cant go in there dirty.
Youre dealing with people who dont play by any rules. And I cant see why we would tie our hands and take away options like waterboarding.
Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it cant be taken on its own merits.
We know the outbreak is still flaming strongly in western Sierra Leone and some parts of the interior of Guinea. We cant rest, we still have to push on.
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Translations for CANT
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- лицеме́рие, преобръщане, накланям, окантвам, жарго́н, наклонBulgarian
- argotCatalan, Valencian
- Phrase, Rotwelsch, Jargon, kippen, Gaunersprache, Fachsprache, abschrägen, kanten, Redendes Wappen, PhrasendrescherreiGerman
- coa, argot, jergaSpanish
- höpöpuhe, jargon, hurskastelu, slangi, kaltevuus, kallistaa, mankuminenFinnish
- langue de bois, argot, armes parlantes, lamentation, lange de boisFrench
- tolvajnyelv, képmutatás, zsargonHungarian
- 傾斜, 隠語, 斜面Japanese
- Bargoens, vaktaal, helling, sprekend wapen, huicheltaal, bedelaarsgekerm, neigen, boeventaal, jargonDutch
- código, jargãoPortuguese
- ха́нжество, [[та́йный]] [[язы́к]], [[блатно́й]] [[язы́к]], кантовать, жарго́н, перевёртывание, нытьё, лицеме́рие, фе́няRussian
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