1 stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition [syn: buzzword]
2 a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force [syn: bank, camber]
3 a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo" [syn: jargon, slang, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular]
4 insincere talk about religion or morals [syn: pious platitude]
5 two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees [syn: bevel, chamfer] v : heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting" [syn: cant over, tilt, slant, pitch]
- , /kænt/
- Rhymes with: -ænt
- The jargon of a
particular class or
- He had the look of a prince, but the cant of a fishmonger.
- A private or secret language used by a religious sect, gang, or other group.
- Empty, hypocritical talk.
- People claim to care about the poor of Africa, but it is largely cant.
- A musical singing sound.
- A blazon of a coat of arms that makes a pun upon the name of the bearer.
- A slope, an incline.
- "The roof has a cant on the south end."
jargon of a particular class or subgroup
- German: Fachsprache, Jargon
musical singing sound
blazon that makes a pun
angle at which something is set
movement that overturns
set something at an angle
- Dutch: neigen
- Finnish: kallistaa
- German: kanten, kippen
to bevel an edge or corner
- German: abschrägen
Etymology 4From , presumably from hypothetical kant
Nouncant ( cannoedd)
cant ( cantau)
Cant or canting may refer to:
- Cant (language), a secret language
- Cant (architecture), facades which are designed to incorporate more than one angle
- Cant (road/rail), the difference in left-side and right-side elevation
- Cant (surname), a family name (and people with that name)
- Cant., an abbreviation for Song of Solomon ()
- CANT Z.1007, CANT Z.501, and CANT Z.506, Italian WWII-era aircraft
- Canting arms, a coat of arms with a visual pun on the name of the owner
- Canting, to a tool used for making Batik
- Cantiere Navale Triestino (CANT) a 1930s italian aircraft builder
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