Related formspre·can·ning, noun, adjective
Definition for canning (2 of 4)
Definition for canning (3 of 4)
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.
Definition for canning (4 of 4)
- a depth charge.
- a destroyer.
verb (used with object), canned, can·ning.
Origin of can2
Examples from the Web for 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|Daniel Genis|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Weiss|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Canning case does not represent a constitutional crisis.Obama Will Lose Recess Appointment Case, but Will Other Presidents Lose Their Power?|Andrew Cohen|January 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Twenty-five years later, of course, canning Jobs seems like obvious folly.
But if I had been doing something unauthorized, that would have given people grounds for canning me.
Now that spring is here, go out and chop a few kindlings against the canning of the fruit.The Fiction Factory|John Milton Edwards
But Canning's threatening attitude and trouble on the continent forced him to be careful.The Story of Mankind|Hendrik van Loon
Canning's whole song for thirty years was in one cage or another, and he sang with equal cheerfulness in them all.
Few changes, however, took place; and their effect was to bring back some of Mr. Canning's former friends into office.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
In canning, see first that the jars are clean, the rubbers whole and in perfect order, and the tops clean and ready to screw on.The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking|Helen Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for canning (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for canning (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for canning (3 of 4)
verb past could (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive) (intr)
Word Origin for can
British Dictionary definitions for canning (4 of 4)
- (of a film, piece of music, etc) having been recorded, processed, edited, etc
- informal arranged or agreedthe contract is almost in the can
verb cans, canning or canned
Word Origin for can
Idioms and Phrases with canning
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.