a stick or short staff used to assist one in walking; walking stick.
a long, hollow or pithy, jointed woody stem, as that of bamboo, rattan, sugarcane, and certain palms.
a plant having such a stem.
split rattan woven or interlaced for chair seats, wickerwork, etc.
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 United States.
the stem of a raspberry or blackberry.
a rod used for flogging.
a slender cylinder or rod, as of sealing wax or glass.
to flog with a cane.
to furnish or make with cane: to cane chairs.
- canelike, adjective
- cany, adjective
- re·cane, verb (used with object), re·caned, re·can·ing.
- un·caned, adjective
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How to use cane in a sentence
But the police nevertheless declared Stone to be “armed and dangerous,” despite getting around with a cane.
Hitch picks up his cane, pushes her aside, and laboriously tries to get to his feet, saying, “I'll do it myself.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He's grinning now and actually stretching his legs--his cane has fallen away as he speaks of the !Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His friend has dropped hat and cane in shock but the drawing shows stuff that an Americana collector nowadays would kill for.
The train line that once trundled cane down the coast is now a scenic railway.
In some parts of Korea the houses were built of stout timbers, the chinks covered with woven cane and plastered with mud.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
Aunty Rosa had hidden a light cane behind her, and Punch was beaten then and there over the shoulders.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
His chief duty on the sugar plantation is to keep the monkeys out of the cane.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
Besides, there is always a bunch of bananas hanging inside the house, and he has sugar-cane in abundance.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
Receiving small encouragement in England, he applied to sugar-cane planters to give his engines a trial in the West Indies.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
British Dictionary definitions for cane (1 of 2)
the long jointed pithy or hollow flexible stem of the bamboo, rattan, or any similar plant
any plant having such a stem
strips of such stems, woven or interlaced to make wickerwork, the seats and backs of chairs, etc
(as modifier): a cane chair
the woody stem of a reed, young grapevine, blackberry, raspberry, or loganberry
any of several grasses with long stiff stems, esp Arundinaria gigantea of the southeastern US
a flexible rod with which to administer a beating as a punishment, as to schoolboys
a slender rod, usually wooden and often ornamental, used for support when walking; walking stick
See sugar cane
a slender rod or cylinder, as of glass
to whip or beat with or as if with a cane
to make or repair with cane
informal to defeat: we got well caned in the match
cane it slang 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
- caner, noun
British Dictionary definitions for cane (2 of 2)
dialect a female weasel
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