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caning

[key-ning] /ˈkeɪ nɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of providing chairs or the like with seats made of woven cane.
2.
woven cane for seats of chairs or the like.
3.
a beating with a cane.
Origin of caning
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; cane + -ing1

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
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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Examples from the Web for caning
Historical Examples
  • The caning occurred in his father's office, after hours, one June night.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Seizing a rod he told Robert to hold out his hand, and gave him a caning.

    Historic Boyhoods

    Rupert Sargent Holland
  • In the English classes, the problems of caning and weaving are written and discussed.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • And he gave him a caning which he remembered to the last day of his life.

    Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi Joseph Grimaldi
  • Never again have the pleasure of caning your honour in the character of Tom Errand.

    Wild Oats John O'Keeffe
  • Walter clinched, but Kennedy threw him off and continued his caning.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Perhaps that is one of the reasons why I did not offer to treat my cousin to a caning.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Walter Riley had recovered by this time from Kennedy's caning and occupied a front seat among the spectators.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Their tasks were hurried over, imperfectly learnt at the best, if at all, and were generally concluded with a caning.

  • The whole chair bottom was made out of one strip just like in caning.

British Dictionary definitions for caning

caning

/ˈkeɪnɪŋ/
noun
1.
a beating with a cane as a punishment
2.
(informal) a severe defeat

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 caning

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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