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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun can:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb can:


Can is sometimes a misspelling of came, cane, catch or van.

The word can is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun can

What does can mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: cans

  1. airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of can: tin / tin can
    • more generic word: container = any object that can be used to hold things
    • more specific terms:
  2. the quantity contained in a can
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of can: canful
    • more generic word: containerful = the quantity that a container will hold
  3. a buoy with a round bottom and conical top
  4. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
  5. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
  6. a room or building equipped with one or more toilets

Alternative definition of the noun can


  1. A more or less cylindrical vessel for liquids, usually of steel or aluminium.
  2. A container used to carry and dispense water for plants (a watering can).
  3. A tin-plate canister, often cylindrical, for preserved foods such as fruit, meat, or fish.
  4. [US, slang] toilet, bathroom.
  5. [US, slang] buttocks.
  6. [slang] headphones

Definition of the verb can

What does can mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: canned, canning

  1. preserve in a can or tin
  2. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

Specialised definition of the verb can

Glossary of sports / golf

to make a putt


  1. Can a.k.a. Canada is a country in North America consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. At 9.98 million square kilometres in total, Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area. Its common border with the United States forms the world's longest land border.
  2. Can a.k.a. Çan is a town and district of Çanakkale Province in the Marmara region of Turkey. According to the 2010 census, population of the district is 50,669 of which 28,808 live in the town of Çan. The district covers an area of 907 km², and the town lies at an elevation of 129 m.
  3. CAN a.k.a. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the main airport of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, China. Both airport codes were inherited from the old airport, and the IATA code reflects Guangzhou's former romanization Canton. It is the main hub of China Southern Airlines and a focus city for Shenzhen Airlines and Hainan Airlines.

There are other places with in their name, like Can Can, Can Tho, Tin can, Tin Can Bay, Can Giuoc District, Maritime Museum - Can Garriga.


  1. Can a.k.a. Irmin Schmidt is a German keyboardist and composer, best known as a founding member of the band Can.
  2. Can a.k.a. Candice Cook is an actress.
  3. Can is a film score composer.
    • also known as The Can
    • profession: Film score composer

There are other people with in their name, like Cem Can, Hai Can, Kun Can, Liu Can, Zhu Can, Can Aran, Can Arat, Can Arca, Can Ünal and many others.


CAN was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany, in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first krautrock groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong minimalist and world music elements into their often psychedelic music.

  • members:
  • genres: Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock, Progressive rock, Ambient music, Electronic music, Avant-garde music, Rock music
  • albums: "Monster Movie", "Soundtracks", "Tago Mago", "Ege Bamyasi", "Future Days", "Soon Over Babaluma", "Landed", "Flow Motion", "Silent Night", "Unlimited Edition", "Can / Out of Reach", "Delay 1968", "Cannibalism", "Rite Time", "Hoolah Hoolah", "The Peel Sessions", "Radio Waves", "Cannibalism 2", "Can Live: Music (Live 1971-1977)", "Anthology", "CAN", "Prehistoric Future", "Sacrilege", "Saw Delight", "I Want More", "Can-Can", "Moonshake", "Cannibalism 3", "Limited Edition", "Opener", "Incandescence", "The Lost Tapes", "They Doo Right Live", "Horrortrip in the Paperhouse", "Turtles Have Short Legs / Halleluwah", "Spoon", "Vitamin C", "Can DVD", "Can & Harald "Sack" Ziegler"
  • award: - Echo Award for Lifetime Achievement Award
  • official website:


  1. Can: Yas Can is a fictional character from the 2012 film Can.
  2. Can is a fictional character from the 2002 TV series Canım Kocacım.
  3. Can is a fictional character from the 2005 film Sensiz olmuyor.
  4. Can is a fictional character from the 2011 film Zenne Dancer.
  5. Can is a fictional character from the 1998 crime drama film Dealer.
  6. Can is a fictional character from the television series Akasya Durağı.
  7. Can is a fictional character from the 2009 film Dark Cloud.
  8. Can is a fictional character from the 2012 film Heiter bis wolkig.
  9. Can is a fictional character from the 1978 film The Girl with the Red Scarf.
  10. Can is a fictional character from the 2011 television series Adını Feriha Koydum.
  11. Can is a fictional character from the 2008 film The Heaven.
  12. Can is a fictional character from the 2007 film Can.
  13. Can is a fictional character from the 2013 film Lifelong.

There are other characters with in their name, like Can Do, Can-do, Can Man, Can-can, Oil can, Tin can, Tin Can Man and Ramon 'Sally-Can't Dance' Martinez.


"CAN": Can, also known as Inner Space, is the eleventh studio album by Can, released in 1979. Former bassist Holger Czukay's involvement with this album is limited to tape editing. It is Can's last album before the reunion album Rite Time ten years later and was released after the band's break-up.

  • also known as The Legendary Can, Inner Space, CAN (Inner Space)
  • genre: Krautrock
  • released in (38 years ago)


  1. "Can" is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Rasit Çelikezer.
  2. "Can" is a 2007 romance drama film written by Müberra Durgut, Oguz Eruzun and Serdar Tantekin and directed by Oguz Eruzun.
    • starring: Tuğçe Kazaz as Can
    • released on (8 years ago)
  3. "Can" is a 2010 short film directed and produced by Arshad khan.


Can a.k.a. Beverage can: A beverage can is a metal container designed to hold a fixed portion of liquid such as carbonated soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, fruit juices, teas, herbal teas, energy drinks, etc. Beverage cans are made of aluminium or tin-plated steel. Worldwide production for all beverage cans is approximately 475 billion cans per year worldwide, 52 billion per year in Europe.


  1. CAN a.k.a. NACSO: The Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Management Support Organisations is an association comprising 15 Non-Government Organisations and the University of Namibia. The purpose of NACSO is to provide quality services to rural communities seeking to manage and utilize their natural resources in a sustainable manner.
  2. Can a.k.a. argP is a gene.
  3. can is a gene.
  4. Can a.k.a. The Chambri language is spoken by the Chambri people of Papua New Guinea. Spellings in the older anthropological literature include Tchambuli, Tshamberi.
    • also known as Tchambuli, Tshamberi
  5. Can is a print ad.
    • award:
  6. Can is a 2013 Telly Award winning ad, created by Ames Scullin O'Haire for Georgia Gives.
    • award: - Telly Award for Local TV & Local Cable Commercial - Fund Raising and Appeals, received by Ames Scullin O'Haire
  7. can is a genomic locus.
  8. Can is a file format.
  9. Can a.k.a. nucleoporin 214kDa is a gene.
    • also known as nuclear pore complex protein Nup214; OTTHUMP00000064563; CAN protein, putative oncogene; p250; nucleoporin 214kD (CAIN)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Can

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Google previewAdvances in Orthostatic Intolerance Research and Treatment: 2012 Edition (2012)


CAN is the impairment of cardiovascular autonomic control in the setting of diabetes after exclusion of other causes,” scientists in...

CAN is a risk marker of mortality and cardiovascular morbidity, and possibly a progression promoter of diabetic ...

Google previewFieldbus and Networking in Process Automation (2014)

by Sunit Kumar Sen

CAN is a serial communication bus protocol standardized by the International Standards Organization (ISO). It does not use a master–slave or a token-passing method to access the bus. Instead it uses a unique bus access control method, ...

Google previewDictionary of Philosophy (2002)

by Alan Lacey

Any view involving doubt about whether something exists, or about whether we can know something, or about whether we are justified in arguing in certain ways. Throughout the ages many philosophers have held that unless we know some ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Services Research (2009)

by Ross M. Mullner

Based on benchmarking results, best practices can be identified and adopted, thus achieving superior performance. Benchmarking is useful in healthcare for both operational and ...

Google previewDictionary of Information Science and Technology (1992)

by Carolyn Watters

Any station can send a message (or packet) whenever it is ready. It then waits long enough for a message to get to the receiving station and an acknowledgment to get back. If no acknowledgment is received, it then repeats the message or ...

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Song: Can't Stand It by NeverShoutNever!, from the What Is Love? album (owned by Warner Bros. Records, released January 26, 2010). [WARNING: SONG ...

Quotes about Can

My parents- I can chide; can you?
My children- I can scold; can you?
My wife-I can rule; can you?
My religion- I can ride; can you?
When you do I become their part.
19.09.2007 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of C3A1N1

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of CAN

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