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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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
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.
Etymology and Origins
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.
The numerical value of cant in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of cant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of cant in a Sentence
They get three constitutional lawyers ... and we get one, thats not sounding too good, and thats the way it is. We dont get a lawyer, we dont get any witnesses -- we want Biden, we want the son Hunter, wheres Hunter? We want Schiff. We want to interview these people. Well, they said no. We cant do it.
My legacy cant be compromised or diminished in any way by what were going through now, this, too, shall pass. My legacy will continue through my children.
Nine months from now, we are going to retake the House of Representatives, we are going to hold the Senate, and we are going to keep the White House, we have so much more enthusiasm, its not even close. Theyre all fighting each other. ... They dont know what theyre doing; they cant even count their votes.
This is me forever..bawling my eyes out. Cant believe what happened, my dad whispered you made itbefore I walked up and I lost it. I love my family so much. Without them I wouldnt be here today. Thank you to my team and everyone who got me here. Gonna cry happy tears all night. AHHHHHH.
Know the room and your role, why you are in the meeting, if it's your manager interrupting, your job is not to try and step in over the manager and regain your voice. You cant publicly challenge the boss in the meeting. That isn't going to work.
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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
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