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 for cant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cant \Cant\, a.
     Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar.
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           To introduce and multiply cant words in the most
           ruinous corruption in any language.      --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cant \Cant\, v. i.
     1. To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong
        tone.
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     2. To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an
        affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice
        hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic.
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              The rankest rogue that ever canted.   --Beau. & Fl.
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     3. To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or
        technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning.
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              The doctor here,
              When he discourseth of dissection,
              Of vena cava and of vena porta,
              The meser[ae]um and the mesentericum,
              What does he else but cant.           --B. Jonson
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              That uncouth affected garb of speech, or canting
              language, if I may so call it.        --Bp.
                                                    Sanderson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cant \Cant\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Canted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Canting.]
     1. To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon
        the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.
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     2. To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant
        round a stick of timber; to cant a football.
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     3. To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of
        timber, or from the head of a bolt.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cant \Cant\, n. [OF., edge, angle, prof. from L. canthus the
     iron ring round a carriage wheel, a wheel, Gr. ? the corner
     of the eye, the felly of a wheel; cf. W. cant the stake or
     tire of a wheel. Cf. Canthus, Canton, Cantle.]
     1. A corner; angle; niche. [Obs.]
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              The first and principal person in the temple was
              Irene, or Peace; she was placed aloft in a cant.
                                                    --B. Jonson.
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     2. An outer or external angle.
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     3. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope
        or bevel; a titl. --Totten.
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     4. A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a
        bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so
        give; as, to give a ball a cant.
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     5. (Coopering) A segment forming a side piece in the head of
        a cask. --Knight.
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     6. (Mech.) A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel.
        --Knight.
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     7. (Naut.) A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to
        support the bulkheads.
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     Cant frames, Cant timbers (Naut.), timber at the two ends
        of a ship, rising obliquely from the keel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cant \Cant\, n. [Prob. from OF. cant, F. chant, singing, in
     allusion to the singing or whining tine of voice used by
     beggars, fr. L. cantus. See Chant.]
     1. An affected, singsong mode of speaking.
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     2. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class,
        or occupation. --Goldsmith.
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              The cant of any profession.           --Dryden.
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     3. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or
        sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not
        felt; hypocrisy.
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              They shall hear no cant from me.      --F. W.
                                                    Robertson
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     4. Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by
        gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cant \Cant\, n. [Prob. from OF. cant, equiv. to L. quantum; cf.
     F. encan, fr. L. in quantum, i.e. "for how much?"]
     A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction. "To sell
     their leases by cant." --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cant \Cant\, v. t.
     to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction.
     [Archaic] --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Can't \Can't\
     A colloquial contraction for can not.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cant
      n 1: stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless
           repetition [syn: buzzword, cant]
      2: a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher
         than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal
         force [syn: bank, cant, camber]
      3: a characteristic language of a particular group (as among
         thieves); "they don't speak our lingo" [syn: slang, cant,
         jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular]
      4: insincere talk about religion or morals [syn: cant, pious
         platitude]
      5: two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
         [syn: bevel, cant, chamfer]
      v 1: heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is
           slanting" [syn: cant, cant over, tilt, slant,
           pitch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  216 Moby Thesaurus words for "cant":
     Aesopian language, Babel, Greek, L, Pecksniffery, Tartuffery,
     Tartuffism, about ship, affectation, affectedness, alert, angle,
     angularity, animate, animated, apex, argot, ascend, babble,
     back and fill, bank, be hypocritical, bear away, bear off,
     bear to starboard, beat, beat about, bend, bifurcation, bight,
     blandish, box off, break, bring about, bring round, cant round,
     careen, cast, cast about, change course, change the heading,
     chevron, cipher, climb, code, coin, colloquialize, come about,
     corner, crank, crook, crotchet, cryptogram, decline, deflection,
     descend, dialect, diction, dictionary, dip, dogleg, double Dutch,
     double a point, drop, elbow, ell, empty gesture, fall, fall away,
     fall off, false piety, falseness, fetch about, fork, furcation,
     garble, gay, gibberish, gift of tongues, give lip service,
     give mouth honor, glossolalia, go about, go downhill, go uphill,
     gobbledygook, goody-goodiness, grade, gybe, heave round, heel,
     hook, humbug, hypocrisy, hypocriticalness, idiom, inclination,
     incline, inflection, insincerity, jargon, jargonize, jibe,
     jibe all standing, jumble, keel, keen, knee, language, lay down,
     lean, leaning, leaning tower, lexicon, lie along, lingo,
     lip service, list, mealymouthedness, miss stays, mouth, mouthing,
     mumbo jumbo, mummery, noise, nook, oiliness, ostentatious devotion,
     palaver, patois, patter, pecksniffery, pharisaicalness, pharisaism,
     phraseology, pidgin, pietism, pietisticalness, piety, piousness,
     pitch, play the hypocrite, ply, point, pretension, put about,
     put back, quoin, rake, recline, reek of piety, religionism,
     religiosity, render lip service, retreat, rise, round a point,
     sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, scatology, scramble,
     secret language, self-righteousness, sham, sheer, shelve, shift,
     shop, sidle, slang, slant, slew, slope, snivel, snuffle, snuffling,
     soft soap, soft-soap, speak, speech, spirited, sprightly, swag,
     sway, sweet talk, sweet-talk, swerve, swing round, swing the stern,
     taboo language, tack, talk, throw about, tilt, tip, tokenism,
     tower of Pisa, turn, turn back, unction, unctuousness, uprise,
     use language, veer, vernacular, vertex, vivacious, vocabulary,
     vulgar language, wear, wear ship, wind, yaw, zag, zig, zigzag
  
  

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