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NOUN (3)

1. a stick that people can lean on to help them walk;

2. a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane;

3. a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment;


VERB (1)

1. beat with a cane;
[syn: cane, flog, lambaste, lambast]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cane \Cane\ (k[=a]n), n. [OE. cane, canne, OF. cane, F. canne, L. canna, fr. Gr. ka`nna, ka`nnh; prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. q[=a]neh reed. Cf. Canister, canon, 1st Cannon.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) (a) A name given to several peculiar palms, species of Calamus and D[ae]manorops, having very long, smooth flexible stems, commonly called rattans. (b) Any plant with long, hard, elastic stems, as reeds and bamboos of many kinds; also, the sugar cane. (c) Stems of other plants are sometimes called canes; as, the canes of a raspberry. [1913 Webster] Like light canes, that first rise big and brave. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] Note: In the Southern United States great cane is the Arundinaria macrosperma, and small cane is. Arundinaria tecta. [1913 Webster] 2. A walking stick; a staff; -- so called because originally made of one of the species of cane. [1913 Webster] Stir the fire with your master's cane. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 3. A lance or dart made of cane. [R.] [1913 Webster] Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraign The flying skirmish of the darted cane. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. A local European measure of length. See Canna. [1913 Webster] Cane borer (Zool.), A beetle (Oberea bimaculata) which, in the larval state, bores into pith and destroy the canes or stalks of the raspberry, blackberry, etc. Cane mill, a mill for grinding sugar canes, for the manufacture of sugar. Cane trash, the crushed stalks and other refuse of sugar cane, used for fuel, etc. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cane \Cane\ (k[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caned (k[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Caning.] 1. To beat with a cane. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To make or furnish with cane or rattan; as, to cane chairs. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

cane n 1: a stick that people can lean on to help them walk 2: a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane 3: a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment v 1: beat with a cane [syn: cane, flog, lambaste, lambast]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

180 Moby Thesaurus words for "cane": Boston type, Braille, Malacca cane, New York point, Optacon, Pathsounder, Seeing Eye dog, Visotoner, advocate, aftergrass, alpenstock, anthrophore, arm, athletic supporter, axis, back, backbone, backing, bamboo, bandeau, baste, bastinado, baton, bearer, beat, belabor, belt, birch, bole, bra, brace, bracer, bracket, brassiere, buffet, buttress, carpophore, carrier, caudex, caulicle, caulis, cereal, cereal plant, cervix, club, corn, corset, cowhide, crook, crosier, cross, cross-staff, crutch, crutch-stick, cudgel, culm, cut, drub, embosser, farinaceous plant, ferule, flagellate, flail, flog, fog, footstalk, forage grass, foundation garment, fulcrum, funicule, funiculus, fustigate, girdle, give a whipping, give the stick, grain, graminaceous plant, grass, guide dog, guy, guywire, handstaff, haulm, high-speed embosser, horsewhip, jock, jockstrap, knout, lace, lash, lawn grass, lay on, leafstalk, line letter, lituus, mainstay, maintainer, mast, neck, noctograph, optophone, ornamental grass, paddle, pandybat, pastoral staff, paterissa, pedicel, peduncle, personal sonar, petiole, petiolule, petiolus, pistol-whip, pommel, prop, pummel, quarterstaff, rattan, rawhide, reed, reinforce, reinforcement, reinforcer, rest, resting place, rigging, rod, ruler, scourge, seedstalk, sensory aid, shillelagh, shoulder, shroud, sight-saver type, smite, spank, spear, spine, spire, sprit, staff, stalk, standing rigging, stave, stay, stem, stick, stiffener, stipe, stock, strap, straw, strengthener, string alphabet, stripe, support, supporter, sustainer, swagger stick, swanking stick, swinge, switch, talking book, thrash, thump, tigella, trounce, truncheon, trunk, ultrasonic spectacles, upholder, visagraph, walking stick, wallop, whale, whip, whop, writing frame, writing stamps
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Cane a tall sedgy plant with a hollow stem, growing in moist places. In Isa. 43:24; Jer. 6:20, the Hebrew word _kaneh_ is thus rendered, giving its name to the plant. It is rendered "reed" in 1 Kings 14:15; Job 40:21; Isa. 19:6; 35:7. In Ps. 68:30 the expression "company of spearmen" is in the margin and the Revised Version "beasts of the reeds," referring probably to the crocodile or the hippopotamus as a symbol of Egypt. In 2 Kings 18:21; Isa. 36:6; Ezek. 29:6, 7, the reference is to the weak, fragile nature of the reed. (See CALAMUS.)