Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Cantatory adjective Containing cant or affectation; whining; singing. [ R.]
Cantatrice (kȧn`tȧ*trē"cha) noun [ Italian ] (Mus.) A female professional singer.
[ From 2d Cant
.] 1. Having angles; as, a six canted bolt head; a canted window. Canted column (Architecture)
, a column polygonal in plan. 2. Inclined at an angle to something else; tipped; sloping.
[ French cantine
bottle case, canteen (cf. Spanish & Italian cantina
cellar, bottle case), either contr. from Italian canovettina
, dim. of canova
cellar, or, more likely, from Old French cant
. corner, Italian & Spanish canto
. See 1st Cant
.] (Mil.) 1. A vessel used by soldiers for carrying water, liquor, or other drink.
[ Written also cantine
.] » In the English service the canteen
is made of wood and holds three pints; in the United States it is usually a tin flask. 2. The sutler's shop in a garrison; also, a chest containing culinary and other vessels for officers.
[ An abbreviation of Caner bury
. See Canterbury gallop
, under Canterbury
.] 1. A moderate and easy gallop adapted to pleasure riding.
» The canter
is a thoroughly artificial pace, at first extremely tiring to the horse, and generally only to be produced in him by the restraint of a powerful bit, which compels him to throw a great part of his weight on his haunches . . . There is so great a variety in the mode adopted by different horses for performing the canter, that no single description will suffice, nor indeed is it easy . . . to define any one of them. J. H. Walsh. 2. A rapid or easy passing over.
A rapid canter in the Times over all the topics.
Sir J. Stephen.
Canter intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Cantered
; present participle & verbal noun Cantering
.] To move in a canter.
Canter transitive verb To cause, as a horse, to go at a canter; to ride (a horse) at a canter.
Canter noun 1. One who cants or whines; a beggar. 2. One who makes hypocritical pretensions to goodness; one who uses canting language.
The day when he was a canter and a rebel.
Canterbury noun Canterbury ball (Botany) , a species of Campanula of several varieties, cultivated for its handsome bell-shaped flowers. -- Canterbury gallop , a gentle gallop such as was used by pilgrims riding to Canterbury; a canter. -- Canterbury tale , one of the tales which Chaucer puts into the mouths of certain pilgrims to Canterbury. Hence, any tale told by travelers to pass away the time.
1. A city in England, giving its name various articles. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury (primate of all England), and contains the shrine of Thomas Ã Becket, to which pilgrimages were formerly made. 2. A stand with divisions in it for holding music, loose papers, etc.
Cantharidal adjective Of or pertaining to cantharides or made of cantharides; as, cantharidal plaster.
Cantharidin noun (Chemistry) The active principle of the cantharis, or Spanish fly, a volatile, acrid, bitter solid, crystallizing in four-sided prisms.
; plural Cantharides
. [ Latin , a kind of beetle, esp. the Spanish fly, Greek kanqari`s
.] (Zoology) A beetle ( Lytta, or Cantharis, vesicatoria ), havin1g an elongated cylindrical body of a brilliant green color, and a nauseous odor; the blister fly or blister beetle, of the apothecary; -- also called Spanish fly . Many other species of Lytta , used for the same purpose, take the same name. See Blister beetle , under Blister . The plural form in usually applied to the dried insects used in medicine.
Canthoplasty noun [ Greek ..., corner of the eye + ... to from.] (Surg.) The operation of forming a new canthus, when one has been destroyed by injury or disease.
; plural Canthi
. [ New Latin , from Greek ....] (Anat.) The corner where the upper and under eyelids meet on each side of the eye.
; 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 noun [ Of American Indian origin.] A social gathering; usually, one for dancing.
Cantile intransitive verb Same as Cantle , transitive verb
[ Italian & Latin ] (Mus.) See Cantabile .
Cantillate 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 noun A chanting; recitation or reading with musical modulations.
Canting 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 noun The use of cant; hypocrisy.
Cantiniere noun [ French, from cantine a sutler's shop, canteen.] (Mil) A woman who carries a canteen for soldiers; a vivandière.
Cantion noun [ Latin cantio , from canere to sing.] A song or verses. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ 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 transitive verb To cut in pieces; to cut out from. [ Obsolete] [ Written also cantile .]
Cantlet noun [ Dim. of cantle .] A piece; a fragment; a corner. Dryden.
; 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 noun A song or canto
Write loyal cantons of contemned love.
[ 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 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 (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.
Cantonal adjective Of or pertaining to a canton or cantons; of the nature of a canton.
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 intransitive verb To divide into cantons or small districts.
Cantonment 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 noun A cotton stuff showing a fine cord on one side and a satiny surface on the other.
[ 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 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 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 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"tref noun [ W. cantref ; cant hundred + tref dwelling place, village.] A district comprising a hundred villages, as in Wales. [ Written also kantry .]
Canty adjective Cheerful; sprightly; lively; merry.
dame." Wordsworth [ Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
Contented with little, and canty with mair.
1. A Canadian. [ Slang] 2. A small or medium-sized hardy horse, common in Canada. [ Colloq.]