- 1The hollow jointed stem of a tall grass, especially bamboo or sugar cane, or the stem of a slender palm such as rattan.More example sentences
- They brought the eggs back to Constantinople in hollow canes.
- Stam's choice would be this black bamboo whose arching canes can have the gleam of polished ebony.
- Now Alex observed that the third leg was much skinnier than the other two, like a tree branch or a cane.
- 1.1Any plant that produces canes.More example sentences
- Plant and prune vines, fruit trees, bushes and canes.
- Bamboos and other canes often have edible seeds.
- The actual genetic relationships among the native canes and the extent to which they contributed to the commercial hybrid germplasm has been the subject of speculation over the years.
- 1.2 [mass noun] Stems of bamboo, rattan, or wicker used as a material for making furniture or baskets: [as modifier]: a cane coffee tableMore example sentences
- Every morning he heads out with a flute and two cane baskets flung across his shoulder on a bamboo pole.
- On the ground floor of the venue, an eye-catching collection of cane furniture in a variety of shapes and styles, grabs the attention of visitors.
- The business originally sold pottery, cane furniture and giftware at premises further down the road and was opened as a joint venture between Mrs Noon and her late husband Ronald.
- 1.3 short for sugar cane.More example sentences
- Included in yesterday's sugar package was a $50,000 re-establishment fee for cane harvesters.
- But the funding announcements Mr Barton is expected to make during a visit to the region, do promise to sweeten the mood of cane farmers.
- Rum is made by fermenting either cane juice or molasses mixed with water, and then distilling the resulting low-alcohol wine.
- 1.4A flexible woody stem of the raspberry plant or any of its relatives: raspberry canesMore example sentences
- Cut out all the old fruiting canes from raspberries, loganberries and blackberries and tie in the new shoots.
- This disease reduces raspberry yields by wilting, stunting, and eventually killing the fruiting cane or the entire plant.
- Prune the flowering side shoots to two to three buds above the structural canes during the dormant season.
- 2A length of cane or a slender stick, especially one used as a support for plants, a walking stick, or an instrument of punishment: tie the shoot to a cane if vertical growth is requiredMore example sentences
- Similarly, canes or walking sticks are often coated with Teflon, so that they will not slip on hard, smooth surfaces.
- My son is off his crutches now but still walks with a cane for support and is always in pain by the end of the day.
- Go for a hike in the Alps and you'll notice a curious thing: Euros love their walking canes.
- 2.1 (the cane) A form of corporal punishment used in certain schools, involving beating with a cane: wrong answers were rewarded by the caneMore example sentences
- The ultimate sanction of the cane still existed but was rarely applied.
- In my day discipline was meted out with either the cane or a strap across the backside.
- I'm very pleased to say I missed out on the days of school corporal punishment and thankfully was never exposed to the cane or other similar infamous tools of torture.
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- 1Beat with a cane as a punishment: Matthew was caned for bullying by the headmasterMore example sentences
- I remember anticipating the possible punishment of being caned for writing about ‘an enemy’ - a Western Christian woman - and later being admonished by mum for provoking the authorities.
- Being pregnant, I couldn't be caned, lashed or put in the stocks.
- But my wails fell on deaf ears as she continued caning me.
- 1.1British • informal Defeat heavily or punish severely: they have caned Essex and Durham in the ChampionshipMore example sentences
- The 'Canes caned the Crusaders 37-20 in a superb victory.
- They were caned 60 to 7 by the slick 2002 Auckland side.
- Curiously, I had a dream last night that Latham absolutely caned Howard.
- 2British • informal Take (drink or drugs) in large quantities: the others were probably out caning it in some barMore example sentences
- During some of the more mellow bits (i.e. before we really started caning it) the bloke at the front drifted back and had a chat.
- I'm not so bad now but, back then, I was caning it big time.
- But I look at someone like Carl Cox, who's almost 40 and still caning it and I wonder how much longer he'll be able to keep it up.
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- How am I going meet a responsible, nurturing woman, who isn't a caner?
- Only problem is that I just had a spliff with my raging caner of a housemate, & it's killer stuff.
- This work was almost certainly subcontracted and the stamp was the caner's method of recording output.
late Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek kanna, kannē, of Semitic origin.