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Definition of Cant


  1. A corner; angle; niche.
  2. An outer or external angle.
  3. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl.
  4. A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give; as, to give a ball a cant.
  5. A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
  6. A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel.
  7. A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
  8. To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.
  9. To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football.
  10. To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt.
  11. An affected, singsong mode of speaking.
  12. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation.
  13. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy.
  14. Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars.
  15. Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar.
  16. To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone.
  17. To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic.
  18. To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning.
  19. A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction.
  20. to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction.

Cant Quotations

Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world, - though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst, - the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Laurence Sterne

Rule of art: Cant kills creativity!
Camille Paglia

Over the past 20 years, I have noticed that the most flexible, dynamic, inquisitive minds among my students have been industrial design majors. Industrial designers are bracingly free of ideology and cant. The industrial designer is trained to be a clear-eyed observer of the commercial world - which, like it or not, is modern reality.
Camille Paglia

When something really bad is going on in a culture, the average guy doesn't see it. He can't. He's average and is surrounded by and immersed in the cant and discourse of the status quo.
George Saunders

Please, all you MCs out there, all you fans out there, don't think Big gonna make a record dissing 2Pac or the West Coast because it's not going down like that. I cant even see me wasting my time or my talent to disrespect another black man.
The Notorious B.I.G.
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Cant Translations

cant in German is kippen, kippen, verkanten

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