What does cant mean?

Definitions for cant
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. buzzword, cant(noun)

    stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition

  2. 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

  3. slang, cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular(noun)

    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

    "they don't speak our lingo"

  4. cant, pious platitude(noun)

    insincere talk about religion or morals

  5. bevel, cant, chamfer(verb)

    two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees

  6. cant, cant over, tilt, slant, pitch(verb)

    heel over

    "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting"

Wiktionary

  1. cant(Contraction)

    cannot; is unable to; does not have the ability to

    I can't quite get it to work.

    Etymology: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

  2. cant(Contraction)

    is forbidden to; is not permitted to

    You can't enter the hall without a ticket.

    Etymology: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

  3. cant(Noun)

    corner, niche

    Etymology: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

  4. cant(Noun)

    slope, the angle at which something is set.

    Etymology: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

  5. cant

    A movement or throw that overturns something.

    Etymology: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

  6. cant(Verb)

    To set (something) at an angle.

    Etymology: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

  7. cant(Verb)

    To bevel an edge or corner.

    Etymology: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

  8. cant

    To overturn so that the contents are emptied.

    Etymology: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

  9. cant(Verb)

    To divide or parcel out.

    Etymology: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

  10. cant(Adjective)

    lively, lusty.

    Etymology: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cant(noun)

    a corner; angle; niche

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Cant(noun)

    an outer or external angle

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Cant(noun)

    an inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Cant(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Cant(noun)

    a segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Cant(noun)

    a segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Cant(noun)

    a piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Cant(verb)

    to incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Cant(verb)

    to give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football

    Etymology: [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.]

  10. Cant(verb)

    to cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt

    Etymology: [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.]

  11. Cant(noun)

    an affected, singsong mode of speaking

    Etymology: [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.]

  12. Cant(noun)

    the idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation

    Etymology: [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.]

  13. Cant(noun)

    the use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy

    Etymology: [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.]

  14. Cant(noun)

    vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars

    Etymology: [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.]

  15. Cant(adj)

    of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar

    Etymology: [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.]

  16. Cant(verb)

    to speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone

    Etymology: [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.]

  17. Cant(verb)

    to make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic

    Etymology: [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.]

  18. Cant(verb)

    to use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning

    Etymology: [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.]

  19. Cant(noun)

    a call for bidders at a public sale; an auction

    Etymology: [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.]

  20. Cant(verb)

    to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Cant

    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

  1. Cant

    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.]

  2. Cant

    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.]

  3. Cant

    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.]

  4. Cant

    kant, adj. brisk: lively. [Scot.; der. unknown. See Canty.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cant

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cant

    A cut made in a whale between the neck and the fins, to which the cant-purchase is made fast, for turning the animal round in the operation of flensing.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Cant

    After Alexander and Andrew Cant, a couple of bigoted Covenanters, who persecuted their religious opponents with relentless zeal, and at the same time prayed for those who suffered on account of their religious opinions.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cant in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of cant in a Sentence

  1. Ben Sasse:

    In just a few years, pro-abortion zealots went from safe, legal, and rare to keep the newborns comfortable while the doctor debates infanticide, i dont care what party youre from if you cant say that its wrong to leave babies to die after birth, get the hell out of public office.

  2. Pat Brosnan:

    Ive got to behonest.I cant take it. Its so, so bad.

  3. Karen Whitsett:

    I really want to say thatyouhave to give this anopportunity, for me, it saved my life.I only can go by what it is thatI have gone through and what mystory is, and I cant speak foranyone else.So thats not what Im trying todo here.Im only speaking for myself.

  4. Robert Citino:

    The units they could bring up were Volksgrenadier made up of substandard manpower combed out of the rear areas, hospitals and administrative posts, if you are moving ahead with substandard infantry you cant get real far. Even with better weapons [it] isnt going to help enough. It isnt a winning combination.

  5. Dave Levine:

    This was our first opportunity to watch the arm and turret move in concert with each other, making sure that everything worked as advertised - nothing blocking or otherwise hindering smooth operation of the system, standing there, watching the arm and turret go through their motions, you cant help but marvel that the rover will be in space in less than a year from now and performing these exact movements on Mars in less than two.

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Translations for cant

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  • 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
  • jargonTurkish

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  • None of the examples in sentences are of cant; they are of can't, the contraction for cannot. All these people are using the word incorrectly, because very few people put the apostrophes in their written speech anymore. 
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