|Canthus Can"thus noun
; plural Canthi
. [ New Latin , from Greek ....] (Anat.) The corner where the upper and under eyelids meet on each side of the eye.
Canticle Can"ti·cle noun
; plural Canticles
. [ Latin canticulum
a little song, dim. of canticum
song, from cantus
a singing, from coner
to sing. See Chant
.] 1. A song; esp. a little song or hymn.
[ Obsolete] Bacon. 2. pl
. The Song of Songs or Song of Solomon, one of the books of the Old Testament. 3. A canto or division of a poem
[ Obsolete] Spenser. 4. A psalm, hymn, or passage from the Bible, arranged for chanting in church service.
Canticoy Can"ti·coy noun [ Of American Indian origin.] A social gathering; usually, one for dancing.
Cantile Can"tile intransitive verb Same as Cantle , transitive verb
Cantilena Can`ti·le"na noun [ Italian & Latin ] (Mus.) See Cantabile .
Cantilever Can"ti·lev`er noun Same as Cantalever .
Cantillate Can"til·late intransitive verb [ Latin cantillatus , past participle of cantillare to sing low, dim. of cantare . See Cantata .] To chant; to recite with musical tones. M. Stuart.
Cantillation Can`til·la"tion noun A chanting; recitation or reading with musical modulations.
Cantine Can·tine" noun See Canteen .
Canting Cant"ing adjective Speaking in a whining tone of voice; using technical or religious terms affectedly; affectedly pious; as, a canting rogue; a canting tone. -- Cant"ing*ly , adverb -- Cant"ing*ness , noun Canting arms , Canting heraldry (Her.) , bearings in the nature of a rebus alluding to the name of the bearer. Thus, the Castletons bear three castles, and Pope Adrian IV. (Nicholas Breakspeare) bore a broken spear.
Canting Cant"ing noun The use of cant; hypocrisy.
Cantiniere Can`ti·niere" noun [ French, from cantine a sutler's shop, canteen.] (Mil) A woman who carries a canteen for soldiers; a vivandière.
Cantion Can"tion noun [ Latin cantio , from canere to sing.] A song or verses. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Cantle Can"tle noun
[ Old French cantel
, corner, side, piece, French chanteau
a piece cut from a larger piece, dim. of Old French cant
edge, corner. See 1st Cant
.] 1. A corner or edge of anything; a piece; a fragment; a part.
"In one cantle
of his law." Milton.
Cuts me from the best of all my land 2. The upwardly projecting rear part of saddle, opposite to the pommel.
A huge half moon, a monstrous cantle out.
[ Written also cante
Cantle Can"tle transitive verb To cut in pieces; to cut out from. [ Obsolete] [ Written also cantile .]
Cantlet Cant"let noun [ Dim. of cantle .] A piece; a fragment; a corner. Dryden.
Canto Can"to noun
; plural Cantos
. [ Italian canto
, from Latin cantus
singing, song. See Chant
.] 1. One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book. 2. (Mus.) The highest vocal part; the air or melody in choral music; anciently the tenor, now the soprano.
Canton Can"ton noun A song or canto
Write loyal cantons of contemned love.
Canton Can"ton noun
[ French canton
, augm. of Old French cant
edge, corner. See 1st Cant
.] 1. A small portion; a division; a compartment.
That little canton of land called the "English pale"
There is another piece of Holbein's, . . . in which, in six several cantons , the several parts of our Savior's passion are represented. 2. A small community or clan. 3. A small territorial district; esp. one of the twenty-two independent states which form the Swiss federal republic; in France, a subdivision of an arrondissement. See Arrondissement . 4. (Her.) A division of a shield occupying one third part of the chief, usually on the dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top of the shield, meeting a horizontal line from the side.
The king gave us the arms of England to be borne in a canton in our arms.
Canton Can"ton intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Cantoned
; present participle & verbal noun Cantoning
.] [ Confer French cantonner
.] 1. To divide into small parts or districts; to mark off or separate, as a distinct portion or division.
They canton out themselves a little Goshen in the intellectual world. 2. (Mil.) To allot separate quarters to, as to different parts or divisions of an army or body of troops.
Canton crape Can"ton crape" (krāp"). A soft, white or colored silk fabric, of a gauzy texture and wavy appearance, used for ladies' scarfs, shawls, bonnet trimmings, etc.; -- called also Oriental crape . De Colange.
Canton flannel Can"ton flan"nel See Cotton flannel .
Cantonal Can"ton·al adjective Of or pertaining to a canton or cantons; of the nature of a canton.
Cantoned Can"toned adjective 1. (Her.) Having a charge in each of the four corners; -- said of a cross on a shield, and also of the shield itself. 2. (Architecture) Having the angles marked by, or decorated with, projecting moldings or small columns; as, a cantoned pier or pilaster.
Cantonize Can"ton·ize intransitive verb To divide into cantons or small districts.
Cantonment Can"ton·ment noun [ Confer French cantonnement .] A town or village, or part of a town or village, assigned to a body of troops for quarters; temporary shelter or place of rest for an army; quarters. » When troops are sheltered in huts or quartered in the houses of the people during any suspension of hostilities, they are said to be in cantonment , or to be cantoned. In India, permanent military stations, or military towns, are termed cantonments .
Cantoon Can·toon" noun A cotton stuff showing a fine cord on one side and a satiny surface on the other.
Cantor Can"tor noun
[ Latin , a singer, from caner
to sing.] A singer; esp. the leader of a church choir; a precentor.
The cantor of the church intones the Te Deum.
Cantoral Can"tor·al adjective Of or belonging to a cantor. Cantoral staff , the official staff or baton of a cantor or precentor, with which time is marked for the singers.
Cantoris Can·to"ris adjective [ Latin , lit., of the cantor, gen. of cantor .] Of or pertaining to a cantor; as, the cantoris side of a choir; a cantoris stall. Shipley.
Cantrap, Cantrip Can"trap, Can"trip noun [ Confer Icelandic gandar , ODan. & OSw. gan , witchcraft, and English trap a snare, tramp .] A charm; an incantation; a shell; a trick; adroit mischief. [ Written also cantraip .] [ Scot.]
Cantred Can"tred Can"tref noun [ W. cantref ; cant hundred + tref dwelling place, village.] A district comprising a hundred villages, as in Wales. [ Written also kantry .]
Canty Can"ty adjective Cheerful; sprightly; lively; merry.
dame." Wordsworth [ Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
Contented with little, and canty with mair.
Canuck Ca·nuck" noun 1. A Canadian. [ Slang] 2. A small or medium-sized hardy horse, common in Canada. [ Colloq.]
Canula Can"u·la noun , Can"u*lar adjective , Can"u*la`ted adjective See Cannula , Cannular , and Cannulated .
Canvas Can"vas noun
[ Middle English canvas
, French canevas
, Late Latin canabacius
hempen cloth, canvas, Latin cannabis
hemp, from G. .... See Hemp
.] 1. A strong cloth made of hemp, flax, or cotton; -- used for tents, sails, etc.
By glimmering lanes and walls of canvas led. 2. (a) A coarse cloth so woven as to form regular meshes for working with the needle, as in tapestry, or worsted work. (b) A piece of strong cloth of which the surface has been prepared to receive painting, commonly painting in oil.
History . . . does not bring out clearly upon the canvas the details which were familiar. 3. Something for which canvas is used: (a) A sail, or a collection of sails. (b) A tent, or a collection of tents. (c) A painting, or a picture on canvas.
J. H. Newman.
To suit his canvas to the roughness of the see.
Light, rich as that which glows on the canvas of Claude. 4. A rough draft or model of a song, air, or other literary or musical composition; esp. one to show a poet the measure of the verses he is to make. Grabb.
Canvas Can"vas adjective Made of, pertaining to, or resembling, canvas or coarse cloth; as, a canvas tent.
Canvasback Can"vas·back` noun (Zoology) A Species of duck ( Aythya vallisneria ), esteemed for the delicacy of its flesh. It visits the United States in autumn; particularly Chesapeake Bay and adjoining waters; -- so named from the markings of the plumage on its back.
Canvass Can"vass transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle canvassed
; present participle & verbal noun Canvassing
.] [ Old French Canabasser
to examine curiously, to search or sift out; properly, to sift through canvas. See Canvas
] 1. To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to scrutinize; as, to canvass the votes cast at an election; to canvass a district with reference to its probable vote.
I have made careful search on all hands, and canvassed the matter with all possible diligence. 2. To examine by discussion; to debate.
An opinion that we are likely soon to canvass . 3. To go through, with personal solicitation or public addresses; as, to canvass a district for votes; to canvass a city for subscriptions.
Sir W. Hamilton.
Canvass Can"vass intransitive verb To search thoroughly; to engage in solicitation by traversing a district; as, to canvass for subscriptions or for votes; to canvass for a book, a publisher, or in behalf of a charity; -- commonly followed by for .
Canvass Can"vass noun 1. Close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a canvass of votes. Bacon. 2. Examination in the way of discussion or debate. 3. Search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to obtain votes, subscribers, etc.
No previous canvass was made for me.
Canvasser Can"vass·er noun One who canvasses.
Cany Can"y adjective [ From Cane .] Of or pertaining to cane or canes; abounding with canes. Milton.
Canyon Can"yon noun The English form of the Spanish word Cañon .
Canzone Can·zo"ne noun [ Italian , a song, from Latin cantio , from canere to sing. Confer Chanson , Chant .] (Mus.) (a) A song or air for one or more voices, of Provençal origin, resembling, though not strictly, the madrigal. (b) An instrumental piece in the madrigal style.
Canzonet Can`zo·net" noun [ Italian canzonetta , dim. of canzone .] (Mus.) A short song, in one or more parts.
Caoutchin Caout"chin noun (Chemistry) An inflammable, volatile, oily, liquid hydrocarbon, obtained by the destructive distillation of caoutchouc.
Caoutchouc Caout"chouc noun [ French caoutchouc , from the South American name.] A tenacious, elastic, gummy substance obtained from the milky sap of several plants of tropical South America (esp. the euphorbiaceous tree Siphonia elastica or Hevea caoutchouc ), Asia, and Africa. Being impermeable to liquids and gases, and not readly affected by exposure to air, acids, and alkalies, it is used, especially when vulcanized, for many purposes in the arts and in manufactures. Also called India rubber (because it was first brought from India, and was formerly used chiefly for erasing pencil marks) and gum elastic . See Vulcanization . Mineral caoutchouc . See under Mineral .
Caoutchoucin Caout"chou·cin noun See Caoutchin .
[ Middle English cappe
, Anglo-Saxon cæppe
, cap, cape, hood, from LL, cappa
; perhaps of Iberian origin, as Isidorus of Seville mentions it first: " Capa
, quia quasi totum capiat hominem; it. capitis ornamentum." See 3d Cape
, and confer 1st Cope
.] 1. A covering for the head
; esp. (a) One usually with a visor but without a brim, for men and boys
; (b) One of lace, muslin, etc., for women, or infants
; (c) One used as the mark or ensign of some rank, office, or dignity, as that of a cardinal. 2. The top, or uppermost part; the chief.
Thou art the cap of all the fools alive. 3. A respectful uncovering of the head.
He that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks. 4. (Zoology) The whole top of the head of a bird from the base of the bill to the nape of the neck. 5. Anything resembling a cap in form, position, or use
; as: (a) (Architecture) The uppermost of any assemblage of parts; as, the cap of column, door, etc.; a capital, coping, cornice, lintel, or plate. (b) Something covering the top or end of a thing for protection or ornament. (c) (Nautical) A collar of iron or wood used in joining spars, as the mast and the topmast, the bowsprit and the jib boom; also, a covering of tarred canvas at the end of a rope. (d) A percussion cap. See under Percussion . (e) (Mech.) The removable cover of a journal box. (f) (Geom.) A portion of a spherical or other convex surface. 6. A large size of writing paper; as, flat cap ; fools cap ; legal cap . Cap of a cannon
, a piece of lead laid over the vent to keep the priming dry; -- now called an apron .
-- Cap in hand
, obsequiously; submissively.
-- Cap of liberty
. See Liberty cap , under Liberty .
-- Cap of maintenance
, a cap of state carried before the kings of England at the coronation. It is also carried before the mayors of some cities.
-- Cap money
, money collected in a cap for the huntsman at the death of the fox.
-- Cap paper
. (a) A kind of writing paper including flat cap, foolscap, and legal cap. (b) A coarse wrapping paper used for making caps to hold commodities.
-- Cap rock (Mining)
, The layer of rock next overlying ore, generally of barren vein material.
-- Flat cap
, cap See Foolscap .
-- Forage cap
, the cloth undress head covering of an officer of soldier.
-- Legal cap
, a kind of folio writing paper, made for the use of lawyers, in long narrow sheets which have the fold at the top or "narrow edge."
-- To set one's cap
, to make a fool of one.
-- To set one's cap for
, to try to win the favor of a man with a view to marriage.
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