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Cane appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • "Delia, we cane men!" one menace wailed.
  • Now erase it: I cane two hot togaed ions as no idea got to how tenacities are won.
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Cane is sometimes a misspelling of came or can.

The word cane 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 cane

What does cane mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: canes

  1. a stick that people can lean on to help them walk
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: walking stick = a stick carried in the hand for support in walking
    • more specific terms:
  2. a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic words: stalk / stem = a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
    • more specific terms:
      • sugar cane / sugarcane = juicy canes whose sap is a source of molasses and commercial sugar
      • rattan cane / rattan = the stem of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera used to make wickerwork and furniture and canes
      • malacca = stem of the rattan palm used for making canes and umbrella handles
  3. a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: switch = a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment

Alternative definition of the noun cane


  1. [uncountable] The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the Grass family Gramineae.
  2. [uncountable] The plant itself, including many species in the Grass family Gramineae; a reed.
  3. [uncountable] sugar cane. [US, Southern] Sometimes applied to maize or rarely to sorghum when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar.
  4. [countable] A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.
  5. [countable, glassblowing] A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking.
  6. [uncountable] Corporal punishment by beating with a cane; the cane.
  7. [countable] A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick.
  8. [countable] A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by blind persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacles in their path.

Definition of the verb cane

What does cane mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: caned | caning | canes

  1. beat with a cane
    • example: They want to cane the prisoners
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Paula hit the ball | Paula spanked the child | Paula swatted the fly
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Paul kicked the door open | Paula bit the bag open | They spanked him dead
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]The cat clawed the counch to pieces | They spanked him to death
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]The cat clawed the counch to pieces with her sharp nails | They spanked him to death with a bat
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Paula hit the ball with a stick | Paula spanked the child with her right hand | Paula swatted the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique]Paula spanked the naughty child on the back
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique] with [Instrument]Paula spanked the naught child on the back with a paddle
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, genitive] [Oblique, body part]Paula spanked the naughty child's back

      Verbs of Contact by Impact (with the same syntax): bayonet, belt, biff, birch, bludgeon, bonk, brain, bump, clobber, clout, club, conk, cosh, crack, crunch, cudgel, cuff, elbow, flagellate, flog, gash, knee, knife, paddle, pummel, slam, sock, spank, stab, strap, thrash, thump, truncheon, wallop, whip, whisk.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of cane: flog / lambast / lambaste
    • more generic terms: beat / beat up / work over = give a beating to

Alternative definition of the verb cane


  1. [British, slang] To strike or beat, notably with a cane or similar implement; to destroy.
  2. [British, slang] To do something well, in a competent fashion.
  3. [British, slang third person only] It hurts.


Cane is an American television drama created by Cynthia Cidre, who also served as executive producer alongside Jonathan Prince, Jimmy Iovine, and Polly Anthony. The pilot was directed by Christian Duguay. The show chronicled the lives and internal power struggles of a powerful and wealthy Cuban-American family running an immensely successful rum and sugar cane business in South Florida.


"Cane" is a 1923 novel by noted Harlem Renaissance author Jean Toomer. The novel is structured as a series of vignettes revolving around the origins and experiences of African Americans in the United States. The vignettes alternate in structure between narrative prose, poetry, and play-like passages of dialogue. As a result, the novel has been classified as a composite novel or as a short story cycle. Though some characters and situations recur between vignettes, the vignettes are mostly freestanding, tied to the other vignettes thematically and contextually more than through specific plot details.

  • also known as "Cane (Modern Library Series)", "Cane (Heritage Series)"
  • genre: Fiction
  • subjects: Literary, Africa, Classics, Literature, Social history, American literature


  1. Cane is a fictional character from the film 72 days.
  2. Cane is a fictional character from The Christian Licorice Store.

There are other characters with in their name, like Candy Cane, Cane Ashby, Carlo Cane and Brother Cane.


  1. "Cane" is a musical album of Uio Loi.
    • released on
  2. "Cane" is a musical album of Gaben.
    • released on (5 years ago)


  1. Cane a.k.a. Zoran Kostić widely known by his nickname Cane is Serbian rock musician, known primarily as the leader and vocalist for Serbian punk rock group Partibrejkers.
  2. Cane a.k.a. Franco Canever is a football player, athlete.
  3. Cane a.k.a. Kalle Savijärvi: Kalle "Cane" Savijärvi is the guitarist of the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani.

There are other people with in their name, like Max Cane, Tom Cane, Luiz Cane, Carlo Cane, Eddie Cane, James Cane, Peter Cane and many others.


  1. Cane is a musical group.
    • members:
    • albums: "Part Two", "Teknotest / Fall", "030303 #4", "Invent EP", "Part One", "Scint EP", "Non Fiction"
  2. Cane is a musical group.
    • album: "Unable"

There are other groups with in their name, like Candy Cane, Brother Cane, Finnr's Cane, Keiji Haino & Loren Mazza Cane and Sugar Boy and His Cane Cutters.


  1. Cane a.k.a. Assistive cane: An assistive cane is a walking stick used as a crutch or mobility aid.
  2. Cane a.k.a. Ncane Language is an human language.

Phrases with Cane

Phrases starting with the word Cane:

  1. Cane Ti
  2. cane reed
  3. Cane Toad
  4. Cane-Reed
  5. Cane Brake
  6. Cane Muhly
  7. cane sugar
  8. cane blight
  9. Cane Cholla

Phrases ending with the word Cane:

  1. dumb cane
  2. Wild Cane
  3. candy cane
  4. giant cane
  5. noble cane
  6. small cane
  7. sugar cane
  8. sword cane
  9. lawyer cane
  10. rattan cane
  11. Robust Cane

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cane

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Google previewEuclid's Elements of Geometry [Book 1-6, 11, 12,] ... demonstrated by E. Stone (1728)

A Cane is a Figure described when one of the Sides of a Right-angled Triangle, containing the Right Angle, remaining fixed, the Triangle is turned about till it...

Google previewThe International Sugar Trade (1996)

by A. C. Hannah, Tony Hannah, Donald Spence, International Sugar Organization

Sugar cane is a grass of the genus Saccharum which grows in the tropics, roughly between latitudes 35 °N and 35 °S. In certain places it grows outside that belt, but it is usually found within the area where palm trees grow. It overlaps beet only ...

Google previewHarrap's essential English Dictionary (1996)

cane /kem/ noun; verb o noun: canes 1 (uncount, often adjectival) Cane is the long hard...

Google previewBroadening the Genetic Base of Crop Production (2001)

by H. David Cooper, Charlie Spillane, T. Hodgkin

KENNEDY West Indies Central Sugar Cane Breeding Station, Groves, St George, Barbados Introduction Sugar cane is a large perennial grass. In agriculture, it is propagated vegetatively as stem cuttings, each node having a bud and a ...

Google previewAuthentic Recipes from Vietnam (2012)

by Trieu Thi Choi, Marcel Isaak

Sugar cane is a tall, coarse cane that grows with a thick dense stem and is the primary source of the world's refined white sugar. The sweet juice extracted from fresh sugar cane is a very popular drink in most parts of Southeast Asia. In Vietnam ...

Google previewThe African-American Century (2002)

How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country by Henry Louis Gates, Cornel West

Cane is a curious book. It is not a novel, but a farrago of stories,

Google previewThe Dispensatory of the United States of America (1839)

by George Bacon Wood, Franklin Bache

The sugar cane is an herbaceous plant, possessing a jointed, succulent root, from which arise several shining, jointed stems, from an inch to an inch and a...

The sugar cane is a native of the tropical regions of both the old and new continents.

Google previewThe Growing of Sugar Cane (2013)

by Roger P. Humbert

Sugar cane is a remarkably tolerant plant as it is seen growing under conditions of severe drought and at the other extreme with its root system practically immersed in water. As sugar requirements continue to increase it will become necessary ...

Google previewBioenergy for Sustainable Development and International Competitiveness (2013)

The Role of Sugar Cane in Africa by Francis X. Johnson, Vikram Seebaluck

Sugar cane is a global agricultural crop of great commercial significance, supporting developmental and societal needs in the many countries that grow it. It has become the world's most economically valuable bioenergy crop, with the potential ...

Google previewThe Harlem Renaissance: A Historical Exploration of Literature (2014)

A Historical Exploration of Literature by Lynn Domina

Cane is an unusual book, comprising multiple genres—poetry, vignettes, short stories—that are usually published separately even if they are written by the same author. It is often called a novel because the separate sections comment on each ...

Google previewThe New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature (2011)

by Hugh Ruppersburg, John C. Inscoe

generative force behind Jean Toomer's great work Cane was Georgia. Toomer grew up amid the African American elite in Washington, D.C., and attended the University of Wisconsin, the Massachusetts College of Agriculture, the American ...

Google previewDictionary: English-Neapolitan; Neapolitan-English (2014)

by Dale Erwin, Tessa Fedele

cane; ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Animals (2004)

A Complete Visual Guide by Fred Cooke

Toad nightmare The cane fields did not have proper daytime cover so the introduced toads dispersed into the countryside They are now so abundant that gardens become a moving mass of toads at night and the roads are slippery with ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environment and Society (2007)

FIVE-VOLUME SET by Paul Robbins

The cane toad has pronounced parotoid glands on its shoulder, from which it releases a very toxic poison. illustration of the dangers of introducing species to a new environment, even for very well-intentioned reasons. Large toads with almost ...

Google previewThe Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film (2013)

by Ian Aitken

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History was Mark Lewis's first 'feature' documentary, and probably the most commercially successful Australian documentary film ever released. It has been screened at film festivals and has ...

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Quotes about Cane

Shout for shout, cane for cane,
Whip for whip and sword for sword
I take to contest you.
Foes decide my weapon
25.08.2012 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of C3A1N1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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