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Definition of cant:

  1. A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction.
  2. A corner; angle; niche.
  3. A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
  4. A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
  5. A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel.
  6. 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.
  7. An affected, singsong mode of speaking.
  8. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl.
  9. An outer or external angle.
  10. Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar.
  11. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation.
  12. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy.
  13. To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt.
  14. To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football.
  15. To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.
  16. To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic.
  17. to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction.
  18. To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone.
  19. To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning.
  20. Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars.


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