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cant1 / kant/ • n. 1. hypocritical and sanctimonious talk, typically of a moral, religious, or political nature. 2. [as adj.] denoting a phrase or catchword temporarily current or in fashion: they are misrepresented as, in the cant word of our day, uncaring. ∎  language peculiar to a specified group or profession and regarded with disparagement: thieves' cant. • v. [intr.] dated talk hypocritically and sanctimoniously about something: if they'd stop canting about “honest work,” they might get somewhere. cant2 • v. [tr.] cause (something) to be in a slanting or oblique position; tilt: he canted his head to look at the screen. ∎  [intr.] take or have a slanting position: mismatched slate roofs canted at all angles. • n. 1. [in sing.] a slope or tilt: the outward cant of the curving walls. 2. a wedge-shaped block of wood, esp. one remaining after the better-quality pieces have been cut off.

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CANT. The JARGON of a class, group, or profession, often used to exclude or mislead others: a teenage gang member in Los Angeles saying that he was in his hoopty around dimday when some mud duck with a trey-eight tried to take him out of the box (he was in his car around dusk when a woman armed with a .38 calibre pistol tried to shoot him). Cant is a temporary form of language that changes quickly; when outsiders pick some of it up, the group evolves new usages. Expressions often move into the general language; cant terms that are now general SLANG include moniker name, bilk to swindle, beef a complaint/to complain, and hit kill. See ARGOT, SHELTA.

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cant 2 (sl.) speak, talk, esp. in the whining fashion of beggars XVI; use the particular jargon of a class or set, affect religious or pietistic phraseology XVII. prob. — L. cantāre sing (see CHANT), which was applied contemptuously as early as XII to the singing in church services and perh. later to the speech of religious mendicants.
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cant 1 †edge, border (?) XIV; nook, corner XVII; oblique line or face XIX. prob. — MLG. kant point, kante side, edge, (M)Du. cant border, side, corner — Rom. *canto, for L. cant(h)us iron tire.
Hence cant vb. bevel, slant, toss, tilt XVI; whence a new sb. cant toss, slope, tilt XVIII.

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cant.
1. Angle or inclination of a piece, member, or plane to another, especially to the horizontal.

2. Oblique surface cutting off the corner of a square, or an oblique face of a polygon, hence a polygonal plan is canted (e.g. canted bay-window).

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cant The section of a coppiced woodland that is cut in a particular year in the rotation. See also coupe and hag.

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cant The section of a coppiced woodland that is cut in a particular year in the rotation. See also COUPE and HAG.

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