Cane definition

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The stem of a raspberry, blackberry, certain roses, or similar plants.
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(UK, New Zealand, slang) To do something well, in a competent fashion.
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Sugar cane.
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A rod used for flogging.
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A glass cylinder made of smaller, variously colored glass rods that have been fused together, used in glassmaking.
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A slender, strong but often flexible stem, as of certain bamboos, reeds, or rattans.
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A plant having such a stem.
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Such stems or strips of such stems used for wickerwork or baskets.
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To make, supply, or repair with flexible woody material.
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To hit or beat with a rod.
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The slender, jointed, usually flexible stem of any of certain plants, as bamboo or rattan.
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Any plant with such a stem, as sugar cane or sorghum.
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The woody stem of a small fruiting or flowering plant, as the blackberry or rose.
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Any of a genus (Arundinaria) of tall grasses of the S U.S.
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A stick or rod used for flogging.
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A split rattan, used in weaving chair seats, wickerwork, etc.
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An aluminum or wooden rod with a curved handle, used for support in walking.
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To flog with a cane.
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To make or furnish (chairs, etc.) with cane.
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A stick used as an aid in walking or carried as an accessory.
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To do with a plant with simple stems, like bamboo or sugar cane.
  • (uncountable) The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the grass family Gramineae.
  • (uncountable) The plant itself, including many species in the grass family Gramineae; a reed.
  • (uncountable) Sugar cane.
  • (US, Southern) Maize or, rarely, sorghum, when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar.
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The stem of such a plant adapted for use as a tool.
  • (countable) A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.
  • (uncountable) Corporal punishment by beating with a cane.
    The teacher gave his student the cane for throwing paper.
  • A lance or dart made of cane.
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A rod-shaped tool or device, somewhat like a cane.
  • (countable) A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick.
    After breaking his leg, he needed a cane to walk.
  • (countable, glassblowing) A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking.
  • (countable) A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by vision impaired persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacles in their path.
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(uncountable) Split rattan, as used in wickerwork, basketry and the like.
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A local European measure of length; the canna.
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To strike or beat with a cane or similar implement.
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(UK, New Zealand, slang) To destroy.
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(UK, slang, intransitive) To produce extreme pain.

Don't hit me with that. It really canes!

Mate, my legs cane!

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To make or furnish with cane or rattan.

To cane chairs.

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(linguistics) Abbreviation of Canadian English.
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A stick used as an aid in walking or carried as an accessory.
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A bamboo (Arundinaria gigantea) native to the southeast United States, having long stiff stems and often forming canebrakes.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cane
Plural:
canes

Origin of cane

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin canna small reed from Greek kanna of Semitic origin qnw in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French cane (“sugar cane”), from Latin canna (“reed”), from Ancient Greek κάννα (kánna), from Aramaic qanhā, qanyā, from Akkadian qanu 'tube, reed', from Sumerian gin 'reed'.

    From Wiktionary