A woman canning tomato sauce.
- 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.
The definition of canning is the act of preserving food in jars, or firing someone.
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