Definition of cane in English:

cane

Syllabification: cane
Pronunciation: /kān
 
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noun

  • 1The hollow, jointed stem of a tall grass, especially bamboo or sugar cane, or the stem of a slender palm such as rattan.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 1.2Stems of bamboo, rattan, or wicker used as a material for making furniture or baskets: [as modifier]: a cane coffee table
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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, as a walking stick, or as an instrument of punishment.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    walking stick, staff; alpenstock; crook, pikestaffstick, rod, birch
    historical ferule
  • 2.1 (the cane) chiefly British A form of corporal punishment used in certain schools, involving beating with a cane: wrong answers were rewarded by the cane
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    • 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.

verb

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  • 2 (usually as adjective caned) Make or repair (furniture) with cane: armchairs with caned seats
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    • Thus, canvas seating furniture was popular, as were caned chairs, sofas, cribs, and beds.
    • La Maison's range of originals spans the 18th and 19th centuries, with gilded-cherub motifs, lacquered black chinoiserie and caned beds.
    • These have caned seats, and are plainer in their decoration than the chairs and stools, but they do seem to have been originally en suite, and were certainly part of the set in 1694.

Derivatives

caner

noun
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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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek kanna, kannē, of Semitic origin.

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