From (etyl) , cognate with chant.
(countable) An argot, the jargon of a particular class or subgroup.
* 1836 , Three discourses preached before the Congregational Society in Watertown,
- He had the look of a prince, but the cant of a fishmonger.
(countable, uncountable) A private or secret language used by a religious sect, gang, or other group.
(uncountable, pejorative) Empty, hypocritical talk.
- I am aware that the phrase free inquiry has become too much a cant phrase soiled by the handling of the ignorant and the reckless by those who fall into the mistake of supposing that religion has its root in the understanding and by those who can see just far enough to doubt and no further.
* 1749 , , Book IV ch iv
- People claim to care about the poor of Africa, but it is largely cant .
* 1759-1770 ,
- He is too well grounded for all your philosophical cant to hurt.
(uncountable) Whining speech, such as that used by beggars.
(countable, heraldry) A blazon of a coat of arms that makes a pun upon the name of the bearer, canting arms.
(obsolete) A call for bidders at a public fair; an auction.
* Jonathan Swift
- Of all the cants' which are canted in this canting world — though the '''cant''' of hypocrites may be the worst — the ' cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
- To sell their leases by cant .
* (private or secret language) argot, jargon, slang
* (musical singing) chant, singsong
To speak with the jargon of a class or subgroup.
* Ben Jonson
* Bishop Sanderson
- The doctor here, / When he discourseth of dissection, / Of vena cava and of vena porta, / The meseraeum and the mesentericum, / What does he else but cant ?
To speak in set phrases.
To preach in a singsong fashion, especially in a false or empty manner.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- that uncouth affected garb of speech, or canting language, if I may so call it
(heraldry) Of a blazon, to make a pun that references the bearer of a coat of arms.
(obsolete) To sell by auction, or bid at an auction.
- the rankest rogue that ever canted
- (Jonathan Swift)
(obsolete) corner, niche
* Ben Jonson
slope, the angle at which something is set.
- The first and principal person in the temple was Irene, or Peace; she was placed aloft in a cant .
An outer or external angle.
An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a tilt.
- Owing to the cant of the vessel, the masts hung far out over the water, and from my perch on the cross-trees I had nothing below me but the surface of the bay.
A movement or throw that overturns something.
* 1830 , The Edinburgh Encyclopedia, volume 3,
A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give.
- It is not only of great service in keeping the boat in her due position on the sea, but also in creating a tendency immediately to recover from any sudden cant , or lurch, from a heavy wave; and it is besides beneficial in diminishing the violence of beating against the sides of the vessel which she may go to relieve.
(coopering) A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
- to give a ball a cant
A segment of the rim of a wooden cogwheel.
(nautical) A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
To set (something) at an angle.
To give a sudden turn or new direction to.
- to cant''' a cask; to '''cant a ship
To bevel an edge or corner.
To overturn so that the contents are emptied.
- to cant''' round a stick of timber; to '''cant a football
To divide or parcel out.
From (etyl), presumably from (etyl) *
(British, dialect) lively, lusty.