Origin of canning
auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person can, 2nd can or (Archaic) canst, 3rd can, present plural can; past singular 1st person could, 2nd could or (Archaic) couldst, 3rd could, past plural could.
verb (used with or without object), present singular 1st person can, 2nd can or (Archaic) canst, 3rd can, present plural can; past singular 1st person could, 2nd could or (Archaic) couldst, 3rd could, past plural could; imperative can; infinitive can; past participle could; present participle cun·ning.
Origin of can1
Can but and cannot but are formal and now somewhat old-fashioned expressions suggesting that there is no possible alternative to doing something. Can but is equivalent to can only : We can but do our best. Cannot but is the equivalent of cannot help but : We cannot but protest against these injustices. See also cannot, help.
- a depth charge.
- a destroyer.
verb (used with object), canned, can·ning.
Origin of can2
Examples from the Web for canning
Contemporary Examples of canning
You can get anything into prison with a canning machine and a labeler.This Anti-Heroin Drug Is Now King of the Jailhouse Drug Trade
July 17, 2014
In Canning he found, or rather projected, “a genius, almost a universal one, an orator, a wit, a poet, a statesman.”Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy
February 16, 2014
The Canning case does not represent a constitutional crisis.Obama Will Lose Recess Appointment Case, but Will Other Presidents Lose Their Power?
January 14, 2014
Twenty-five years later, of course, canning Jobs seems like obvious folly.Regrets From the Man Who Fired Steve Jobs
Thomas E. Weber
June 6, 2010
But if I had been doing something unauthorized, that would have given people grounds for canning me.Two Bushes, Two Wars
May 5, 2009
Historical Examples of canning
Get it ready for canning by husking it and removing the silk.
Proceed with the remainder of the process as in canning peaches.
"Be careful not to hurt it," said Canning Forbes, sarcastically.
Any edible mushroom can easily be kept for winter use by canning.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Brumsey's last despatch is the finest state-paper since the days of Canning!'Lord Kilgobbin
verb past could (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive) (intr)
Word Origin for can
- (of a film, piece of music, etc) having been recorded, processed, edited, etc
- informalarranged or agreedthe contract is almost in the can
verb cans, canning or canned
Word Origin for can
Old English 1st & 3rd person singular present indicative of cunnan "know, have power to, be able," (also "to have carnal knowledge"), from Proto-Germanic *kunnan "to be mentally able, to have learned" (cf. Old Norse kenna "to know, make known," Old Frisian kanna "to recognize, admit," German kennen "to know," Gothic kannjan "to make known"), from PIE root *gno- (see know).
Absorbing the third sense of "to know," that of "to know how to do something" (in addition to "to know as a fact" and "to be acquainted with" something or someone). An Old English preterite-present verb, its original past participle, couth, survived only in its negation (see uncouth), but cf. could. The present participle has spun off as cunning.
Old English canne "a cup, container," from Proto-Germanic *kanna (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Swedish kanna, Middle Dutch kanne, Dutch kan, Old High German channa, German Kanne). Probably an early borrowing from Late Latin canna "container, vessel," from Latin canna "reed," also "reed pipe, small boat;" but the sense evolution is difficult.
Modern "air-tight vessel of tinned iron" is from 1867 (can-opener is from 1877). Slang meaning "toilet" is c.1900, said to be a shortening of piss-can. Meaning "buttocks" is from c.1910.
In addition to the idioms beginning with can
- can do with
- canned laughter
- can of worms
- as best one can
- before you can say Jack Robinson
- bite off more than one can chew
- carry the can
- catch as catch can
- game that two can play
- get the ax (can)
- in the can
- more than one can shake a stick at
- no can do
- you can bet your ass
- you can lead a horse to water
- you can say that again
- you never can tell
Also see undercan't.