Meaning of CANT in English


n. & v.

n. 1 a a slanting surface, e.g. of a bank. b a bevel of a crystal etc. 2 an oblique push or movement that upsets or partly upsets something. 3 a tilted or sloping position.

v. 1 tr. push or pitch out of level; tilt. 2 intr. take or lie in a slanting position. 3 tr. impart a bevel to. 4 intr. Naut. swing round. cant-dog (or -hook) an iron hook at the end of a long handle, used for rolling logs.

[ ME f. MLG kant, kante, MDu. cant, point, side, edge, ult. f. L cant(h)us iron tire ]

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