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  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.

  1. a beating with a cane.

Origin of caning

First recorded in 1705–15; cane + -ing1

Words Nearby caning Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use caning in a sentence

  • Crimsoned all over with shame and anger, Kenrick sat down, and Somers proceeded to administer to Harpour a most severe caning.

    St. Winifred's | Frederic W. Farrar
  • Harpour refused to take the caning, and the monitors are holding a meeting this morning to decide what to do about Harpour.

    St. Winifred's | Frederic W. Farrar

British Dictionary definitions for caning


/ (ˈkeɪnɪŋ) /

  1. a beating with a cane as a punishment

  2. informal a severe defeat

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