Cane vs Tin - What's the difference?

cane | tin |

As proper nouns the difference between cane and tin

is that cane is (linguistics) while tin is .




  • To do with a plant with simple stems, like bamboo or sugar cane.
  • # (uncountable) The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the grass family Gramineae.
  • # (uncountable) The plant itself, including many species in the grass family Gramineae; a reed.
  • # (uncountable) Sugar cane.
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , chapter=7, title= The Dust of Conflict , passage=Still, a dozen men with rifles, and cartridges to match, stayed behind when they filed through a white aldea lying silent amid the cane , and the Sin Verguenza swung into slightly quicker stride.}}
  • # (US, Southern) Maize or, rarely, sorghum, when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar.
  • The stem of such a plant adapted for use as a tool.
  • # (countable) A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.
  • # (uncountable) Corporal punishment by beating with a cane.
  • # A lance or dart made of cane.
  • #* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraign / The flying skirmish of the darted cane .
  • A rod-shaped tool or device, somewhat like a cane.
  • # (countable) A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick.
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=The cane was undoubtedly of foreign make, for it had a solid silver ferrule at one end, which was not English hall–marked.}}
  • #* , chapter=10
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Men that I knew around Wapatomac didn't wear high, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as big as a catboat's anchor, as you might say.}}
  • # (countable, glassblowing) A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking.
  • # (countable) A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by vision impaired persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacles in their path.
  • (uncountable) Split rattan, as used in wickerwork, basketry and the like.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , chapter=1, title= The China Governess , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […]  The bed was the most extravagant piece.  Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.}}
  • A local European measure of length; the canna.
  • Synonyms

    * (the slender flexible stem of a plant such as bamboo) stem, stalk; (of a tree) trunk * (the plant itself) reed * (sugar cane) molasses cane * switch, rod * (corporal punishment by beating with a cane) the cane, a caning, six of the best, whipping, cuts * (strong short staff used for support during walking) staff, walking stick * (a long rod often collapsible) white cane, blind man's cane

    Derived terms

    * bamboo cane * blind man's cane * cane knife * cane rat * cane sugar * cane toad * caneworking * floricane * primocane * sugar cane * walking cane * white cane


  • To strike or beat with a cane or similar implement.
  • (British, New Zealand, slang) To destroy.
  • (British, New Zealand, slang) To do something well, in a competent fashion.
  • (UK, slang, intransitive) To produce extreme pain.
  • Don't hit me with that. It really canes !
    Mate, my legs cane !
  • To make or furnish with cane or rattan.
  • to cane chairs


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    (wikipedia tin)


  • (uncountable) A malleable, ductile, metallic element, resistant to corrosion, with atomic number 50 and symbol Sn.
  • (NZ, British, countable) An airtight container, made of tin or another metal, used to preserve food.
  • (countable) A metal pan used for baking, roasting, etc.
  • muffin tin
    roasting tin
  • (countable, squash) The bottom part of the front wall, which is "out" if a player strikes it with the ball.
  • (slang, dated, uncountable) money
  • (Beaconsfield)


    * (airtight container) can (especially US), tin can

    Derived terms

    * alpha tin * beta tin * gray tin, grey tin * indium tin oxide * lead-tin * organotin * tetraethyl tin, tetraethyltin * tetraphenyl tin, tetraphenyltin * tin bath * tin can * tin chloride * tin cry * tin dichloride * tin dioxide * tin disease * tin foil * tin Lizzie * tin man * tin oxide * tin pentachloride * tin pest * tin protochloride * tin salt * tin snips * tin tabernacle * tin tetrachloride * tin tetraethyl * tin tetraphenyl * tin-plate * tin-plated * tin-white cobalt * tinnie * tinny * tributyl tin, tributyltin * trimethyl tin, trimethyltin * (do) what it says on the tin * white tin


  • Made of tin.
  • Made of galvanised iron or built of corrugated iron.
  • * 1939 , George Orwell, "Coming up for Air", London: Victor Gollancz.
  • [&
  • 133;] in fact he was a big noise, literally, in the Baptist Chapel, known locally as the Tin Tab[ernacle] - whereas my family were 'church' and Uncle Ezekiel was an infidel at that.
  • Derived terms

    * tin tabernacle * tin bath


  • To place into a tin in order to preserve.
  • To cover with tin.
  • To coat with solder in preparation for soldering.
  • Derived terms

    * tinned dog

    See also

    * Babbitt metal * bronze * bell metal * cassiterite * die-casting alloy * pewter * phosphor bronze * soft solder * stann-, stanno- * stannane * stannary * stannate * stannic * stannide * stanniferous * stannified * stannine * stannite * stannolite * stannotype * stannous * stannum * white metal