Carton vs Can - What's the difference?

carton | can |

As nouns the difference between carton and can

is that carton is cardboard, paperboard while can is song.

As a verb can is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?





(en noun)
  • An inexpensive, disposable box-like creation fashioned from either paper, paper with wax-covering (wax paper), or other lightweight material. It is designed to hold things for a short period of time and be discarded or recycled after use.
  • Anagrams

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    (wikipedia can)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m) (first and third person singular of , Danish (m). More at canny, cunning.


  • To know how to; to be able to.
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  • May; to be permitted or enabled to.
  • To be possible, usually with be .
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
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  • To know.
  • * ca.1360-1387 , (William Langland), (Piers Plowman)
  • I can rimes of Robin Hood.
  • * ca.1360-1387 , (William Langland), (Piers Plowman)
  • I can no Latin, quod she.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Let the priest in surplice white, / That defunctive music can .
    Usage notes
    * For missing forms, substitute inflected forms of be able to , as: ** I might be able to go. ** I was able to go yesterday. ** I have been able to go, since I was seven. ** I had been able to go before. ** I will be able to go tomorrow. * The word could also suffices in many tenses. "I would be able to go" is equivalent to "I could go", and "I was unable to go" can be rendered "I could not go". (Unless there is a clear indication otherwise, "could verb''" means "would be able to ''verb''", but "could not ''verb''" means "was/were unable to ''verb ".) * The present tense negative can not'' is often contracted to ''cannot'' or ''can't . * The use of can'' in asking permission sometimes is criticized as being impolite or incorrect by those who favour the more formal alternative ''"may I...?" . * Can'' is sometimes used rhetorically to issue a command, placing the command in the form of a request. For instance, ''"Can you hand me that pen?"'' as a polite substitution for ''"Hand me that pen." * Some US dialects that glottalize the final /t/ in can't'' ( even when stressed.
    * be able to * may
    * cannot * can’t
    See also

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) canne, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A more or less cylindrical vessel for liquids, usually of steel or aluminium.
  • A container used to carry and dispense water for plants (a watering can ).
  • A tin-plate canister, often cylindrical, for preserved foods such as fruit, meat, or fish.
  • (US, slang) toilet, bathroom.
  • (US, slang) buttocks.
  • (slang) jail or prison.
  • (slang) headphones.
  • (obsolete) A drinking cup.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * Tennyson
  • Fill the cup and fill the can , / Have a rouse before the morn.
    * (cylindrical metal container) tin
    Derived terms
    * beer can * can opener * carry the can * garbage can * kick at the can * kick the can / kick-the-can * kick the can down the road * trash can


  • To preserve, by heating and sealing in a can or jar.
  • They spent August canning fruit and vegetables.
  • to discard, scrap or terminate (an idea, project, etc.).
  • He canned the whole project because he thought it would fail.
  • To shut up.
  • Can your gob.
  • (US, euphemistic) To fire or dismiss an employee.
  • The boss canned him for speaking out.