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cane

[keyn] /keɪn/
noun
1.
a stick or short staff used to assist one in walking; walking stick.
2.
a long, hollow or pithy, jointed woody stem, as that of bamboo, rattan, sugar cane, and certain palms.
3.
a plant having such a stem.
4.
split rattan woven or interlaced for chair seats, wickerwork, etc.
5.
any of several tall bamboolike grasses, especially of the genus Arundinaria, as A. gigantea (cane reed, large cane, giant cane, or southern cane) and A. tecta (small cane or switch cane) of the southern U.S.
6.
the stem of a raspberry or blackberry.
7.
8.
a rod used for flogging.
9.
a slender cylinder or rod, as of sealing wax or glass.
verb (used with object), caned, caning.
10.
to flog with a cane.
11.
to furnish or make with cane:
to cane chairs.
Origin of cane
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin canna < Greek kánna < Semitic; compare Akkadian qanū, Hebrew qāneh reed
Related forms
canelike, adjective
cany, adjective
recane, verb (used with object), recaned, recaning.
uncaned, adjective
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  • It used to be said I was a wild dog, a harem-scarem; and I was often caned for my pranks.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • I caned him; he took this ill, and challenged me to fight with pistols.

  • "I shall be caned," he told himself, and the thought nearly drove him mad.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • "It's only a thunder shower," said the master, and caned Edmund more than ever.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
  • So while the master was writing Lying is very wrong, and liars must be caned.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
  • Edmund explained, and the master at once caned him for not speaking the truth.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
  • Very soon after Rose twigged Pietrie, who at once confessed, and was caned.

    Eric, or Little by Little Frederic W. Farrar
  • “I caned all four of them for it, and you saw me do it,” said Yorke.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • How can we guess that our teachers laugh at our pranks after they have caned us for them?

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for caned

cane1

/keɪn/
noun
1.
  1. the long jointed pithy or hollow flexible stem of the bamboo, rattan, or any similar plant
  2. any plant having such a stem
2.
  1. strips of such stems, woven or interlaced to make wickerwork, the seats and backs of chairs, etc
  2. (as modifier): a cane chair
3.
the woody stem of a reed, young grapevine, blackberry, raspberry, or loganberry
4.
any of several grasses with long stiff stems, esp Arundinaria gigantea of the southeastern US
5.
a flexible rod with which to administer a beating as a punishment, as to schoolboys
6.
a slender rod, usually wooden and often ornamental, used for support when walking; walking stick
7.
8.
a slender rod or cylinder, as of glass
verb (transitive)
9.
to whip or beat with or as if with a cane
10.
to make or repair with cane
11.
(informal) to defeat: we got well caned in the match
12.
(slang) cane it, to do something with great power, force, or speed or consume something such as alcohol in large quantities: you can do it in ten minutes if you really cane it
Derived Forms
caner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin canna, from Greek kanna, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic qanāh reed

cane2

/keɪn/
noun
1.
(dialect) a female weasel
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for caned

cane

v.

"to beat with a walking stick," 1660s, from cane (n.). Related: Caned; caning.

cane

n.

late 14c., from Old French cane "reed, cane, spear" (13c., Modern French canne), from Latin canna "reed, cane," from Greek kanna, perhaps from Assyrian qanu "tube, reed" (cf. Hebrew qaneh, Arabic qanah "reed"), from Sumerian gin "reed." But Tucker finds this borrowing "needless" and proposes a native Indo-European formation from a root meaning "to bind, bend." Sense of "walking stick" in English is 1580s.

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