What does cane mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. canenoun

    a stick that people can lean on to help them walk

  2. canenoun

    a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane

  3. caneverb

    a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment

  4. cane, flog, lambaste, lambastverb

    beat with a cane


  1. canenoun

    The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the Grass family Gramineae.

  2. canenoun

    The plant itself, including many species in the Grass family Gramineae; a reed.

  3. canenoun

    sugar cane. Sometimes applied to maize or rarely to sorghum when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar.

  4. canenoun

    A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.

  5. canenoun

    A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking.

  6. canenoun

    Corporal punishment by beating with a cane; the cane.

    The teacher gave his student the cane for throwing paper.

  7. canenoun

    A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick.

    After breaking his leg, he needed a cane to walk.

  8. canenoun

    A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by blind persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacles in their path.

  9. caneverb

    To strike or beat with a cane or similar implement.

  10. caneverb

    To destroy.

  11. caneverb

    To do something well, in a competent fashion.

  12. caneverb

    It hurts.

    Don't hit me with that: it really canes!

  13. caneverb

    To make or furnish with cane or rattan.

    to cane chairs

  14. Etymology: cane, from canna, from κάννα, from qanhā, qanyā, from qanu 'tube, reed', from gin 'reed'.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CANEnoun

    Etymology: canna, Lat.

    The king thrust the captain from him with his cane; whereupon he took his leave, and went home. Gideon Harvey.

    If the poker be out of the way, or broken, stir the fire with your master’s cane. Jonathan Swift.

    This cane or reed grows plentifully both in the East and West Indies. Other reeds have their skin hard and dry, and their pulp void of juice; but the skin of the sugar cane is soft, and the spongy matter or pith it contains very juicy. It usually grows four or five feet high, and about half an inch in diameter; though some have been mentioned in the island of Tabago twenty four feet high. The stem or stalk is divided by knots a foot and a half apart. At the top it puts forth a number of long green tufted leaves, from the middle of which arise the flower and the seed. There are likewise leaves springing out from each knot; but these usually fall as the cane rises. The ground fit for sugar canes is light, soft, and spongy, lying on a descent proper to carry off the water, and well turned to the sun. They usually plant them in pieces cut a foot and a half below the top of the flower, and they are ordinarily ripe in ten months, though sometimes not till fifteen; at which time they are found quite full of a white succulent marrow, whence is expressed the liquour of which sugar is made. When ripe, they are cut, their leaves cleared off, and they are carried in bundles to the mills, which consist of three wooden rollers, covered with steel plates. Ephraim Chambers.

    And the sweet liquour on the cane bestow,
    From which prepar’d the luscious sugars flow. Richard Blackmore.

    Abenamar, thy youth these sports has known,
    Of which thy age is now spectator grown;
    Judge like thou sitt’st, to praise or to arraign,
    The flying skirmish of the darted cane. John Dryden, Conq. of Gr.

    Food may be afforded to bees, by small canes or troughs conveyed into their hives. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

  2. To Caneverb

    To beat with a walking staff.

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. cane

    A cane is a type of stick often used as a walking aid, typically made out of wood, metal or plastics and equipped with a handle. It is also used for directing, pointing or as a symbol of authority. Additionally, "cane" can refer to a plant stem, specifically that of a reed or sugarcane variant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Canenoun

    a name given to several peculiar palms, species of Calamus and Daemanorops, having very long, smooth flexible stems, commonly called rattans

  2. Canenoun

    any plant with long, hard, elastic stems, as reeds and bamboos of many kinds; also, the sugar cane

  3. Canenoun

    stems of other plants are sometimes called canes; as, the canes of a raspberry

  4. Canenoun

    a walking stick; a staff; -- so called because originally made of one the species of cane

  5. Canenoun

    a lance or dart made of cane

  6. Canenoun

    a local European measure of length. See Canna

  7. Caneverb

    to beat with a cane

  8. Caneverb

    to make or furnish with cane or rattan; as, to cane chairs

  9. Etymology: [OE. cane, canne, OF. cane, F. canne, L. canna, fr. Gr. ka`nna, ka`nnh; prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. qneh reed. Cf. Canister, canon, 1st Cannon.]


  1. Cane

    Cane is either of two genera of tall, perennial grasses with flexible, woody stalks from the family Poaceae, that grow throughout the world. The genera include species of bamboo. The genus Arundo is native from the Mediterranean region to the Far East. Arundinaria is found in the New World. Cane commonly grows in large riparian stands known as canebrakes, found in toponyms throughout the Southern and Far Western United States; they are much like the tules of California. Depending on strength, cane can be fashioned for various purposes such as tools and walking sticks/crutches. Judicial canes, or school canes. Where canes are used in corporal punishment, they must meet particular specifications, such as a high degree of flexibility. Cane historically has been used for many other purposes such as baskets, furniture, boats, roofs and wherever stiff, withy sticks can be put to good use.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cane

    kān, n. the stem of one of the smaller palms—the calamus or rattan, or the larger grasses—bamboo and sugar-cane: a walking-stick.—v.t. to beat with a cane.—ns. Cane′-brake, a brake or thicket of canes; Cane′-chair, a chair made of rattan; Cane′-mill, a mill for bruising sugar-canes for the manufacture of sugar; Cane′-sū′gar, sugar obtained from the sugar-cane; Cane′-trash, refuse of sugar-cane used for fuel in boiling the juice; Cān′ing, a thrashing with a cane.—adj. Cān′y, made of cane.—Malacca cane, a walking-cane made without removing the bark from the brown-mottled or clouded stem of the palm, Calamus Scipionum, brought from Singapore or Sumatra. [Fr. canne—L. canna—Gr. kannē, a reed.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cane

    The rattan (Calamus rudentum), is extensively used in the East for rigging, rope, and cables. The latter have remained for years at the bottom of the sea uninjured by teredo, or any destructive crustacea. The cables, too, resist any but the sharpest axes, when used to connect logs as booms, to stop the navigation of rivers.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CANE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cane is ranked #11988 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cane surname appeared 2,605 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Cane.

    71.6% or 1,867 total occurrences were White.
    18.7% or 488 total occurrences were Black.
    4.9% or 129 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 63 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 36 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 22 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for cane »

  1. acne

  2. ance

  3. Caen

  4. nace

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cane in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cane in a Sentence

  1. Vivek Shinde:

    Cane prices can't fall below a certain level, but that is not the case with vegetables. They can rise to 100 rupees per kg or fall to 5 rupees.

  2. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Greater cane does not make greater humans. (Une plus grande canne - N'agrandit l'homme.)

  3. Judy Stevens:

    However, people may choose to use a cane rather than a walker because it is less noticeable, less costly and easier to transport.

  4. Charlie Chaplin:

    I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large.

  5. Michael McDougall:

    Brazil has gone from a shining vision of sugar and ethanol to a morass of ill-kept cane fields.

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  • rottangAfrikaans
  • بوصArabic
  • бой с пръчка, тръстика, бастун, пръчка, бия с пръчкаBulgarian
  • বেতBengali
  • canyaCatalan, Valencian
  • Rohrstock, Rohr, Blindenstock, weisser LangstockGerman
  • kano, promenbastono, vergo, blindulbastono, promenkanoEsperanto
  • caña, bastón, bastón blancoSpanish
  • ruoko, keppi, valkoinen keppi, korsi, [[antaa]] [[keppiä]]Finnish
  • canne, tige, canne blanche, bastonnade, bâtonnerFrench
  • vara, cana, canavela, bastón, canivela, canaveira, vareadaGalician
  • מקל, קנה, מלקותHebrew
  • եղեգ, փայտ, փայտով ծեծելArmenian
  • bastono, bastonagarIdo
  • bastonata, canna, bastone per ciechi, bacchetta, canna da zucchero, bastone, giunco, canna di bambu, verga, battereItalian
  • あし, 杖, 蘆, よしJapanese
  • tebuJavanese
  • ផ្ដៅKhmer
  • 줄기, 갈대, 매, 蘆, 대, 갈Korean
  • ອ້ອຍທີ່ສົ່ງອອກLao
  • стап, трска, прачка, шибаMacedonian
  • बेताची काठीMarathi
  • riet, stok, blindenstok, roe, rietstok, [[stokslagen]] [[geven]], afranselenDutch
  • lókʼaatsoh, ákaz łikaní, dáʼákaz łikaníNavajo, Navaho
  • chłostaćPolish
  • chibata, bengala, vergasta, cana, chibateamento, colmo, chibatear, vergastar, chibatarPortuguese
  • baston, tijăRomanian
  • удар розгами, трость, тростник, розга, удар палкой, па́лка, прут, [[бить]] [[палкаRussian
  • trskaSerbo-Croatian
  • kallamAlbanian
  • ufito, kiboko, mmea, fimboSwahili
  • tuboTagalog
  • 甘蔗Chinese

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    a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping
    • A. nitrile
    • B. crate
    • C. arborolatry
    • D. mitre

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