- a depth charge.
- a destroyer.
verb (used with object), canned, can·ning.
Origin of can2
Examples from the Web for cans
They were among the first companies to begin packaging baby food in glass jars instead of cans.The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician|Rich Goldstein|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“We use no cans,” Dennis Cox, who runs the place with his wife, Paula, explains.
The cans were printed with his smiling visage and the words “good person.”
Then the burgling bear broke onto her pool deck and raided the wet bar for the harder stuff, guzzling 18 cans of Coors Light.In Florida, Sprawling Humans Confront the Bears Who Lived There First|Jacqui Goddard|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nothing can take away from the new design of Pepsi cans, not even Cindy Crawford.
In it the sexton kept a scythe, a mowing machine, some cans and a bier, a four-wheeled vehicle with rubber tyres.The Smuggler's Cave|George A. Birmingham
And here we have some desiccated vegetables, looks like, remarked Ethan, as he pointed to a variety of cans.Phil Bradley's Snow-shoe Trail|Silas K. Boone
However, if it is not desired to prepare the coconut in the home, this material may be purchased shredded in boxes or in cans.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5|Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
During the progress of Jud's story he had been slowly but deftly combining certain portions of the contents of his sacks and cans.Heart of the West|O. Henry
When capping the full packs arrange the cans in rows upon the table while the capping and tipping irons are heating in the fire.Every Step in Canning|Grace Viall Gray
British Dictionary definitions for cans (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for cans (2 of 3)
verb past could (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive) (intr)
Word Origin for can
British Dictionary definitions for cans (3 of 3)
- (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 cans
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.