- The definition of canning is the act of preserving food in jars, or firing someone.
- When you cut up cucumbers and make them into pickles that you preserve in a jar to eat throughout the winter, this is an example of canning.
- When you fire your useless assistant for forgetting to tell you about an important meeting, this is an example of a time when you are canning your assistant.
A woman canning tomato sauce.
the act, process, or work of putting foods in cans or jars for preservation
Canning, George 1770-1827; Brit. statesman: prime minister (1827)
- Present participle of can.
- The process of preserving food by heat processing in a sealed vessel (a sealed jar or can).
Variant of can
- know(s) how to
- am, are, or is able to
- am, are, or is likely or at all likely to: can that be true?
- have or has the moral or legal right to
- Informal am, are, or is permitted to; may
Origin of canMiddle English ; from Old English 1st and amp; 3d person; personal (grammar) singular , present tense indicative , of cunnan, know, have power to, be able; common Germanic ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gen-, an unverified form gno- from source Classical Latin gnoscere, know; origin, originally meaning “to be able mentally or spiritually,” as distinguished from may, “to be able physically”
- know(s) how
- am, are, or is able: yes I can
- am, are, or is likely or at all likely
- have or has the moral or legal right
- Informal am, are, or is permitted; may