Meaning of 'cant' (Webster Dictionary)
- Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar. - A corner; angle; niche.
- An outer or external angle.
- An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or
bevel; a titl.
- A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a
bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give; as, to
give a ball a cant.
- A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
- A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel.
- A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the
- An affected, singsong mode of speaking.
- The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or
- The use of religious phraseology without understanding or
sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy.
- Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies,
thieves, tramps, or beggars.
- A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction. - To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong
- To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an
affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as,
a canting fanatic.
- To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or
technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning. - To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon
the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.
- To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant
round a stick of timber; to cant a football.
- To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of
timber, or from the head of a bolt.
- to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction.