verb (used with object), caned, can·ing.
- cane chair,
- cane gall,
- cane grass,
- cane piece,
- cane rat
Origin of cane
Examples from the Web for cane
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.”
He's grinning now and actually stretching his legs--his cane has fallen away as he speaks of the !
His friend has dropped hat and cane in shock but the drawing shows stuff that an Americana collector nowadays would kill for.
He pulls up his pants leg to show where a bullet hit him—the reason why he clutches a cane now.
The cane, K K, is fastened by thread as in the diagram; the thread can pass through a hole in the cork.Toy-Making in School and Home|Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
A ray of light came over Mr. Cane's stern visage as he asked, "You weren't playing garbage-man, were you?"Sube Cane|Edward Bellamy Partridge
And he took with him his cane with the crook on the handle, hanging it over his paw.Bully and Bawly No-Tail|Howard R. Garis
The Cane Ridge revival of the August before had been followed by many others of a similar nature throughout the country.Crestlands|Mary Addams Bayne
Uncle Charlie, hat and cane in hand, waiting in the hall for Aunt Cordelia to start to church, straightened out the matter.Emmy Lou's Road to Grace|George Madden Martin
- 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
Word Origin for cane
Word Origin for cane
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.
"to beat with a walking stick," 1660s, from cane (n.). Related: Caned; caning.