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Definition for: CANT

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