cane

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Inflections of 'cane' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
canes
v 3rd person singular
caning
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
caned
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
caned
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cane /keɪn/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  caned, can•ing. 
n. 
  1. [countable] a short staff used to assist one in walking.
  2. Botany[countable] a long, hollow woody stem with joints, such as that of the bamboo plant.
  3. Furniture the material of this stem, esp. split rattan, woven or used to make chair seats, etc.:[uncountable]a chair of bamboo cane.
  4. Plant Biology sugarcane.

v. [+ object]
  1. to hit or beat with a cane.
  2. to furnish or make with cane: to cane chairs.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cane  (kān),USA pronunciation n., v.,  caned, can•ing. 
n. 
  1. a stick or short staff used to assist one in walking;
    walking stick.
  2. Botanya long, hollow or pithy, jointed woody stem, as that of bamboo, rattan, sugar cane, and certain palms.
  3. Plant Biologya plant having such a stem.
  4. Furnituresplit rattan woven or interlaced for chair seats, wickerwork, etc.
  5. Plant Biologyany of several tall bamboolike grasses, esp. of the genus Arundinaria, as A. gigantea(cane reed, large cane, giant cane, or southern cane) and A. tecta(small cane or switch cane), of the southern U.S.
  6. Botanythe stem of a raspberry or blackberry.
  7. Plant BiologySee  sugar cane. 
  8. a rod used for flogging.
  9. a slender cylinder or rod, as of sealing wax or glass.

v.t. 
  1. to flog with a cane.
  2. to furnish or make with cane:to cane chairs.
canelike′, adj. 
cany, adj. 
  • Semitic; compare Akkadian qanū, Hebrew qāneh reed
  • Greek kánna
  • Latin canna
  • Middle French
  • Middle English 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cane /keɪn/ n
  1. the long jointed pithy or hollow flexible stem of the bamboo, rattan, or any similar plant
  2. any plant having such a stem
  3. strips of such stems, woven or interlaced to make wickerwork, the seats and backs of chairs, etc
  4. (as modifier): a cane chair
  5. the woody stem of a reed, young grapevine, blackberry, raspberry, or loganberry
  6. a flexible rod with which to administer a beating as a punishment, as to schoolboys
  7. a slender rod, usually wooden and often ornamental, used for support when walking; walking stick
  8. See sugar cane
  9. a slender rod or cylinder, as of glass
vb (transitive)
  1. to whip or beat with or as if with a cane
  2. to make or repair with cane
  3. informal to defeat: we got well caned in the match
  4. cane itslang to do something with great power, force, or speed or consume something such as alcohol in large quantities: you can do it in ten minutes if you really cane it
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin canna, from Greek kanna, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic qanāh reed

ˈcaner n
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