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Definition of "cane" []

  • A slender, strong but often flexible stem, as of certain bamboos, reeds, or rattans. (noun)
  • A plant having such a stem. (noun)
  • Such stems or strips of such stems used for wickerwork or baskets. (noun)
  • A bamboo (Arundinaria gigantea) native to the southeast United States, having long stiff stems and often forming canebrakes. (noun)
  • The stem of a raspberry, blackberry, certain roses, or similar plants. (noun)
  • The long jointed pithy or hollow flexible stem of the bamboo, rattan, or any similar plant (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any plant having such a stem (noun)
  • Strips of such stems, woven or interlaced to make wickerwork, the seats and backs of chairs, etc (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The woody stem of a reed, young grapevine, blackberry, raspberry, or loganberry (noun)
  • Any of several grasses with long stiff stems, esp Arundinaria gigantea of the southeastern US (noun)
  • A flexible rod with which to administer a beating as a punishment, as to schoolboys (noun)
  • A slender rod, usually wooden and often ornamental, used for support when walking; walking stick (noun)
  • A slender rod or cylinder, as of glass (noun)
  • To whip or beat with or as if with a cane (verb)
  • To make or repair with cane (verb)
  • To defeat (verb)

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Use "cane" in a sentence
  • "Morefield Storey, one of Sumner’s biographers, says Brooks’s cane was “a heavy gutta-percha cane” and that the blows were continued “until the cane broke."
  • ""_Not with the cane, not with the cane_, Mackworth," cried several voices in agitation, but not in time to prevent the cane descending with heavy hand across the child's back."
  • "The green seas of sugar cane give way to scared charred fields when the cane is cut, looking like dead alien landscapes."