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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.

Synonyms:

pharisaism, sanctimony, vernacular, slang, gradient, bank, huckster, slope, deliver, tip, affectation, cant over, incline, pietism, coin bank, straight, tilt, flip, dissimulation, buzzword, rake, rise, camber, patois, grade, shift, hypocrisy, pious platitude, chamfer, pretense, sham, vend, weight, heel, slang expression, slant, chamfer, set up, humbug, bank building, inclined, savings bank, lingo, hawk, dialect, monger, banking company, lurch, money box, slang term, banking concern, argot, bevel square, wobble, angle, dishonesty, bevel, jargon, jargoon, careen, sanctimoniousness, peddle, formalism, lean, pitch, beveled, inclination, list, gear, sky.

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