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cabby Alternative forms: cabbie etymology cab + y. pronunciation
  • /ˈkæ.bi/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A cabdriver, someone who drives a taxi.
cabeese etymology Compare goose and its plural geese.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) plural of caboose
cabin {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English caban, cabane, from Old French cabane, from Malayalam capanna. pronunciation
  • /ˈkæbɪn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A small dwelling characteristic of the frontier, especially when built from logs with simple tools and not constructed by professional builders, but by those who meant to live in it. exampleAbraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin.
    • 1994, Michael Grumley, "Life Drawing" in Violet Quill And that was how long we stayed in the cabin, pressed together, pulling the future out of each other, sweating and groaning and making sure each of us remembered.
  2. (informal) A chalet or lodge, especially one that can hold large groups of people.
  3. A compartment on land, usually comprised of logs.
  4. A private room on a ship. examplethe captain's cabin:  Passengers shall remain in their cabins.
    • {{RQ:Brmnghm Gsmr}} There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. Mail bags, so I understand, are being put on board. Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors. Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place.
  5. The interior of a boat, enclosed to create a small room, particularly for sleeping.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 10 , “Mr. Cooke had had a sloop yacht built at Far Harbor, the completion of which had been delayed, and which was but just delivered. […] The Maria had a cabin, which was finished in hard wood and yellow plush, and accommodations for keeping things cold.”
  6. The passenger area of an airplane.
  7. (travel, aviation) The section of a passenger plane having the same class of service.
  8. (rail transport, informal) A signal box.
  9. A small room; an enclosed place.
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599) So long in secret cabin there he held her captive.
Synonyms: cell, chamber, hut, pod, shack, shed
antonyms: {{checksense}}
  • hall
  • palace
  • villa
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To place in a cabin.
  2. (obsolete) To live in, or as if in, a cabin; to lodge.
    • Shakespeare I'll make you … cabin in a cave.
cable television {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: cable TV
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Television received through coaxial cable.
caboose {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kəˈbuːs/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, nautical) A small galley or cookhouse on the deck of a small vessel.
  2. (US, rail transport) The last car on a freight train, having cooking and sleeping facilities for the crew; a guard’s van.
  3. (slang, baby-talk or euphemistic) buttocks
  4. (slang, sports) The person or team in last place.
Synonyms: (last car on train) guards van (obsolete)
Cabra etymology Shortening.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (AU, informal) Cabramatta, a suburb in New South Wales
cabre pronunciation
  • /kəˈbreɪ/
adjective: {{head}}
  1. alternative spelling of cabré
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, now generally offensive) A person of mixed black and mulatto descent.
  • acerb, brace, caber
cabrewing etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ohio, slang) The practice of consuming alcohol while canoeing.
    • 2010, Hunter Stenbeck, "Morgan's Canoe enforces alcohol rules", The Miami Student (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio), Volume 138, Number 8, 17 September 2010, page 1: While “cabrewing” — consuming alcohol while canoeing — has become a popular pastime among Miami University students, it doesn't go without consequences that could include a night in jail and a DUI.
    • 2013, AnnE O'Neill, If You Want the Rainbow, Welcome the Rain: A Memoir of Grief and Recovery, Balboa Press (2013), ISBN 9781452574707, pages 63-64: After everyone left around one or two in the morning, we would crash for the night, get up in the morning to do something like “cabrewing” where we would take the remaining beers out in a boat, only to stop drinking for an hour or two before getting cleaned up to go to work.
    • 2013, Jake Warner, The Landlord's Shadow, iUniverse (2013), ISBN 9781475971156, page 231: "Oh, man. I wish you guys could come to Hocking Hills this year. It's such a blast. My friends in Columbus go every summer. It's our annual 'cabrewing' trip."
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cack pronunciation
  • /kæk/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Onomatopoeia.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A squawk.
    • 1916, Frank Michler Chapman, Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America, [http//|%22cacks%22|%22cacked%22|%22cacking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22a+cack%22|%22cacks%22|%22cacked%22|%22cacking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LCQcT9PeIuS4iQfZuaWgCw&redir_esc=y page 493], …for on occasions he gives utterance to an entirely uncharacteristic series of cacking notes, and even mounts high in the tree to sing a hesitating medley of the same unmusical cacks, broken whistled calls, and attempted trills.
  2. A discordant note.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (of a bird) To squawk.
    • 1990, P. H. Liotta, Learning to Fly, [http//|%22cacked%22|%22cacking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22cacks%22|%22cacked%22|%22cacking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BhgcT_KdOYWviQexs6mgCw&redir_esc=y page 32], Still fluffy with down, she often attacks the other birds, cacking and flashing her wings, or threatens me as I watch through the tiny peephole of the near box.
    • 2000, Minnesota Ornithologists′ Union, The Loon, Volumes 72-74, [http//|%22cacks%22|%22cacked%22|%22cacking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22a+cack%22|%22cacks%22|%22cacked%22|%22cacking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YigcT6HfJMSQiQfb5JH2Cw&redir_esc=y page 37], While the Gyrfalcon cacked loudly on each stoop, the owl did not scream.
    • 2007, Turk Allcott, Time Leak, [http//|%22cacked%22|%22cacking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BhgcT_KdOYWviQexs6mgCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22cacks%22|%22cacked%22|%22cacking%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 63], Peckle snitted them off and cacked at them. Then he flew up by the rope-tie spot and puffed out his chest and then the wrens made another dash for the scraps and he dove down and cacked them away.
  2. (brass instrument technique) To incorrectly play a note by hitting a partial other than the one intended. The bugler hopes not to cack during his performance. The conductor instructed the trumpet section not to cack the first note of the symphony.
etymology 2 From Latin cacare. Compare caca.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To defecate.
    • 2005, M. J. Simpson, Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams, [http//|%22cacks%22|%22cacked%22|%22cacking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wS4cT5yQJKeTiAffwo3jCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20cack%22|%22cacks%22|%22cacked%22|%22cacking%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 322], ‘I asked him once if he got nervous before doing it,’ says Astin, ‘and he said he was absolutely cacking himself before going on stage, but as soon as he got there it was fantastic.’
  2. (US, slang) To kill. “He tried to shoot me, so I cacked him.”
Synonyms: See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of defecation.
  2. Excrement.
  3. Rubbish.
etymology 3 {{rfe}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australian slang) To laugh. I had to cack when you fell down the stairs.
etymology 4 From cock.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) penis.
cackleberry etymology From cackle + berry, from the sound of a hen and the resemblance of an egg to a fruit. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkakl̩bɛɹi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, slang) An egg.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 254: He had returned with a chipped bowl full of hen's eggs. ‘Nice fresh cackleberries for your mum and dad.’
cactus etymology From Latin cactus, from Ancient Greek κάκτος 〈káktos〉, of origin. pronunciation
  • /ˈkæktʊs/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (botany) Any member of the family Cactaceae, a family of flowering New World succulent plants suited to a hot, semi-desert climate.
  2. Any succulent plant with a thick fleshy stem bearing spine but no leaves, including euphorb.
In modern English, the term cactus properly refers to plants belonging to the family Cactaceae. With one exception, all are native to the New World (the Americas). The sole exception is {{taxlink}}, a jungle epiphyte found in tropical Africa, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka, as well as North and South America. Informally, cactus is used to refer to any stem succulent adapted to a dry climate, notably species from genus Euphorbia with forms reminiscent of Cactaceae. To be precise, these succulents are correctly described as "cactoid" or "cactiform" unless they are actual members of the Cactaceae.
  • (member of Cactaceae) succulent
  • (member of Cactaceae) nopal, saguaro
related terms:
  • cactaceous
  • cactal
  • cactoid
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, NZ, slang) Non-functional, broken, exhausted.
cactused Alternative forms: cactussed etymology cactus + ed. Australian colloquialism may have originated as a result of the Australian plague in the early 20th century, which overran farmland, making it unusable.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Featuring a cactus or cacti.
    • 1954, Dylan Thomas, Quite Early One Morning, New Directions Publishing (1981), ISBN 9780811202084, page 10: I could not imagine Cadwallader Davies the grocer, in his near-to-waking dream, riding on horseback, two-gunned and Cody-bold, through the cactused prairies.
    • 1977, Jack Couffer & Mike Couffer, Canyon Summer, Putnam (1977), ISBN 9780399205859, page 13: On top it's a dry cactused area inhabited by typical upper desert creatures such as kangaroo rats and collared lizards.
    • 2008, Bill Hunger, Hiking Wyoming: 110 of the State's Best Hiking Adventures, Falcon Guides (2008), ISBN 9780762734207, page 20: Ponderosa forests, open meadows, cactused badlands, and river-carved sedimentary layers make appearances.
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  2. (Australian, slang) Broken; ruined; no longer working, more recently especially related to a technical system. My computer is cactused.
  3. (Australian, slang) In trouble, screwed.
    • 2007, Kevin James Baker, Economic Tsunami: China's Car Industry Will Sweep Away Western Car Makers, Rosenberg Publishing (2007), ISBN 9781877058561, page 22: 'Mini — and that's managed by the Germans, by BMW. I tell you, Walshie, a lot of car makers around the world are cactussed. We're not Robinson Crusoe. But if times are tough now, what'll they be like when the Chinese arrive? If the UK's down to one profitable car maker. D'you think we can possibly hold on to four?'
    • 2008, 22 May, John Ward, Re: Helicopter - Wish I had more guts!!,!original/,, “Good thing somebody figured out the radio, otherwise you all would have been cactused, in a remote location like that, mate.”
    • 2009, Phillip Adams, "On balance, we're okay", The Australian, 20 June 2009: The purpose of today's column is to cheer us both up, despite the inescapable fact the world is f..ked, not to mention cactused, knackered, stuffed, rooted and ruined
cactusy etymology cactus + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) cactuslike
    • 2004, Mariella Ienna, Flowers at home (page 162) The spines on aloe vera look cactusy, but they are really faux spines and not likely to prick you at all.
cad etymology Short for caddie, from Scots, from French cadet, from dialectal capdet, from Latin capitellum, diminutive of caput. pronunciation
  • /kæd/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who stands at the door of an omnibus to open and shut it, and to receive fare; an idle hanger-on about innyards.
  2. A low-bred, presuming person; a mean, vulgar fellow.
    • 1922, Ben Travers , 5, [ A Cuckoo in the Nest] , “The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite.…Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?”
Synonyms: (vulgar seducer) villain, womanizer, dog
  • ADC
  • CDA
  • DAC
  • DCA
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A Cadillac car.
    • 1971, John Updike, Rabbit Redux All those ones live in those great big piecrust mock-Two-door houses with His and Hers Caddies parked out by the hydrangea bushes.
    • 2000, John Sandford, Easy Prey He's driving a ten-year old lime-green Caddy with a trunk full of golf clubs and one suitcase. We got a license number.
    • 2003, Dennis Lehane, Mystic River So Dave backed his car in beside the Caddy, his eyes on the side door of the bar, no one having come out for a while.
cadet etymology From French cadet, from Gascon Occitan capdet, from Latin capitellum, diminutive of caput. Attested in English from 1634.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}{{}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /kəˈdɛt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A student at a military school who is training to be an officer.
  2. (largely historical) A younger or youngest son, who would not inherit as a firstborn son would.
  3. (in compounds, chiefly, in genealogy) Junior. (See also the heraldic term cadency.) a cadet branch of the family
  4. (archaic, US, slang) A young man who makes a business of ruining girl to put them in brothel.
  5. (NZ, historical) A young gentleman learning sheep farming at a station; also, any young man attached to a sheep station.
related terms:
  • cadette
  • acted, ectad
cadge etymology Possibly a corruption of cage, from Old French. pronunciation
  • /kædʒ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (falconry) A circular frame on which cadgers carry hawks for sale.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Geordie) To beg. "Are ye gannin te cadge a lift of yoer fatha?"
  2. (US, British, slang) To obtain something by wit or guile; to convince someone to do something they might not normally do.
  3. To carry hawks and other birds of prey.
    • {{seeCites}}
  4. (UK, Scotland, dialect) To carry, as a burden. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (UK, Scotland, dialect) To hawk or peddle, as fish, poultry, etc.
  6. (UK, Scotland, dialect) To intrude or live on another meanly; to beg. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (obtain from others) scrounge, bum
  • caged
Cadillac plan etymology From the Cadillac automobile, representing American luxury.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (US, informal) Any unusually expensive health insurance plan.
caf pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kæf/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Abbreviation of café.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) café
    • 2008, Carlos Frías, Take Me with You: A Memoir: Fourth on the list of the businesses my father and his brothers had owned was a caf on the corner of San Ignacio and Lamparilla in Old Havana.
etymology 2 Abbreviation of cafeteria.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) cafeteria
    • 2005, Amy Davis, Adam Burns, Michigan State University, page 49: There are plenty of restaurants to choose from when you're sick of the ol’ caf food.
    • 2009, Lili St. Crow, Betrayals: Locked, empty classrooms on either side, other halls opening up to go down to the caf, two janitors' closets. Janitors' closets. Great. One was locked.
    • 2010, Cheryl Denise Bannerman, Black Child to Black Woman: A Journey of Tremendous Proportions, page 38: One thing they shun is eating in the caf. alone. If you were not with a clique, you are strange. Why? I don't know. I heard the meat is processed and all the food is made by mixing powder with a measured amount of water.
café {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: cafe (used when é is unavailable or not desired), caffè (Italianate), caffе (Italianate), caffé (Italianate, nonstandard), caff (UK) etymology Borrowing from French café. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˌkæˈfeɪ/
  • (UK) /ˈkæfeɪ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A coffee shop; an establishment selling coffee and sometimes other non-alcoholic beverage, simple meal or snack, with a facility to consume them on the premises.
  2. A French pub.
Synonyms: (coffee shop) caff (British slang), coffeehouse, coffee shop, tea shop, (French pub) see
coordinate terms:
  • bar
  • bistro
  • cafeteria
  • restaurant
  • face
cafeteria Catholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An adherent of cafeteria Catholicism
cafeteria Catholicism {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The practice of picking and choosing from among teachings of Catholicism which ones to follow, while disregarding the others.
related terms:
  • cafeteria Catholic
  • cafeteria Christianity
cafeteria Christian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An adherent of cafeteria Christianity.
cafeteria Christianity {{wikipedia}} etymology Referring to the practice of selecting food from a counter in a cafeteria.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A moderate form of Christianity whose adherent pick and choose which doctrine to respect and follow, avoiding what is controversial or unpleasant.
caff etymology Modification of café pronunciation
  • (British) /kæf/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) café.
caffeinate etymology caffeine + ate.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To add caffeine.
  2. (slang) To drink caffeinated beverages in order to increase energy levels in the body, enhance physical or mental performance, or simply to wake up. 2008, Caffeinate With Care: Small Shots Do a Brain Better Than Big Blasts, Mathew Honan, Wired, 04.21.08
  3. (slang) To inject tension (usually into a situation) for the amusement of the instigator; to stir things up.
  4. (slang) To provoke (as in a person) also for the amusement of the instigator.
coordinate terms:
  • hydrate
caffeinated {{wikipedia}} etymology {{back-form}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Containing caffeine naturally (e.g., coffee, tea, and cacao [whose seeds are used to make cocoa, chocolate, and their various derivative products]) or as an additive (e.g., soft drinks, sports drinks, or energy drinks).
  2. (slang) Overly peppy or energetic (as in a person or pet).
Synonyms: regular (as in coffee), leaded (as in coffee), juiced (as in energy drinks)
  • decaffeinated
  • decaf
  • caffeine-free (as in soft drinks)
  • unleaded (as in coffee)
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of caffeinate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) obsolete spelling of kaffir
cafone etymology Italian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A boorish, uneducated Italian-American.
cake {{wikipedia}} {{commons}}
etymology 1 From Middle English cake, from Old Norse kaka (compare Norwegian kake, Icelandic/Swedish kaka, Danish kage), from Proto-Germanic *kakǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *gog (compare Romanian gogoașă and gogă; Lithuanian gúoge. Related to cookie, kuchen, and quiche. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /keɪk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rich, sweet dessert food, typically made of flour, sugar{{,}} and eggs and baked in an oven, and often covered in icing.
  2. A small mass of baked dough, especially a thin loaf from unleavened dough. an oatmeal cake a johnnycake
  3. A thin wafer-shaped mass of fried batter; a griddlecake or pancake. buckwheat cakes
  4. A block of any of various dense materials. a cake of soap a cake of sand
    • Dryden Cakes of rusting ice come rolling down the flood.
  5. (slang) A trivial easy task or responsibility; from a piece of cake.
  6. (slang) Money.
{{U:en:biscuits and cookies}} Synonyms: (dessert) gâteau, (block) block, (easy task) see piece of cake
  • Dutch: kaak, cake (also keek, older also kaaks, keeks)
  • Faroese: keks
  • German: Keks
    • Serbo-Croatian: keks, кекс 〈keks〉
  • Icelandic: kex
  • Nauruan: keik
  • Japanese: ケーキ 〈kēki〉
  • Norwegian: kjeks
  • Swedish: kex
    • Finnish: keksi
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) Coat (something) with a crust of solid material. His shoes are caked with mud.
  2. To form into a cake, or mass.
Synonyms: (coat with a crust of material) crust, encrust
etymology 2
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete, intransitive) To cackle like a goose.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • akçe
cake boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang, dated) A young, metrosexual male.
    • {{quote-song }}
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of cake
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, smoking, of a pipe) Empty with nothing left to smoke but ash.
Synonyms: kicked
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US slang) A well-off person who indulges himself or herself; a playboy.
    • 1956, Joseph Caruso, The Priest, ISBN 0405108214, page 158: "Nowadays, these cake-eaters all died young. They had no teeth. They all went to doctors who fixed teeth. But still they died young and without their teeth."
    • 2004, Zac Unger, Working Fire: The Making of an Accidental Fireman, page 8: "'... We got us a cake eater, right here at the sink!' He turned to me. 'Have you ever had your hands dirty, new kid?'"
cakehole etymology cake + hole
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The mouth. Shut your cakehole!
Synonyms: piehole, gob, face, puss
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A short form of the male given name Caleb, Calum or Calvin.
  2. A diminutive of the female given name Caroline.
  3. (informal) University of California, Berkeley
  • ACL
  • lac
  • LCA
calculator {{wikipedia}} etymology calculate + or pronunciation
  • /ˈkæl.kjə.leɪ.tə(r)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mechanical or electronic device that perform mathematical calculation.
  2. (dated) A person who performs mathematical calculation
  3. A person who calculate (in the sense of scheming).
  4. (obsolete) A set of mathematical table.
Synonyms: (electronic device) electronic calculator, pocket calculator, (mechanical device) adding machine, (person who performs mathematical calculations) computer (dated), (person who schemes) plotter, schemer, (mathematical tables) ready reckoner, table
related terms:
  • calculate
calendar {{Wikisource1911Enc}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French calendier, from Latin calendarium, from calendae, from calare, from Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁- 〈*kelh₁-〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈkæl.ən.də/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈkæl.ən.dɚ/ [ˈkʰæl.(ə)n.dɚ]
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any system by which time is divided into day, week, month, and year. exampleWe currently use the Gregorian calendar.
  2. A means to determine the date consisting of a document containing date and other temporal information. exampleWrite his birthday on the calendar hanging on the wall.
  3. A list of planned event. exampleThe club has a busy calendar this year.
  4. An orderly list or enumeration of persons, things, or events; a schedule. examplea calendar of bills presented in a legislative assemblly;  a calendar of causes arranged for trial in court
  • Do not confuse calendar with calender.
Synonyms: (list of planned events) agenda, schedule, docket
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (legal) To set a date for a proceeding in court, usually done by a judge at a calendar call. The judge agreed to calendar a hearing for pretrial motions for the week of May 15, but did not agree to calendar the trial itself on a specific date.
  2. To enter or write in a calendar; to register. {{rfquotek}}
  • landrace
calf pronunciation
  • (UK) /kɑːf/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /kæf/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old English cealf, from Proto-Germanic *kalbaz (compare Dutch kalf, German Kalb, Danish kalv), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷolbʰo, *gʷelbʰ- (compare Ancient Greek (Hesychius) δολφός 〈dolphós〉, δελφύς 〈delphýs〉, Avestan 𐬔𐬀𐬭𐬆𐬎𐬎𐬀 〈𐬔𐬀𐬭𐬆𐬎𐬎𐬀〉 'uterus', Sanskrit गर्भ 〈garbha〉 'womb'), from Proto-Indo-European *gel-.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A young cow or bull.
  2. Leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine, light-coloured leather used in bookbinding.
  3. A young elephant, seal or whale (also used of some other animals).
  4. A chunk of ice broken off of a larger glacier, ice shelf, or iceberg. {{rfquotek}}
  5. A small island, near a larger island. the Calf of Man
  6. A cabless railroad engine.
  7. (informal, dated) An awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a dolt.
    • Drayton some silly, doting, brainless calf
Synonyms: cowling
related terms:
  • calve
etymology 2 Old Norse kalfi, possibly derived from the same Germanic root as calf (above).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The back of the leg below the knee.
  2. The muscle in the back of the leg below the knee.
    • 1988, Steve Holman, "Christian Conquers Columbus", , 47 (6): 28-34. Sure, his calves are a little weak, but the rest of his physique is so overwhelming, he should place high.
  • CLAF
etymology 1 pronunciation
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  1. A city of western Colombia, southwest of Bogotá.
  2. A river in Colombia which flows by the city.
  3. (slang) The state of California in the United States.
etymology 2
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. archaic form of Kali (Hindu goddess)
California blanket
noun: California blanket
  1. A heavy blanket, especially one made of wool.
  2. (slang) Newspaper used as bedding.
Californication etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (US, derogatory) large-scale development of land
related terms:
  • Californicate
Cali roll
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A California roll.
call {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English callen, from Old English ceallian and Old Norse kalla; both from Proto-Germanic *kalzōną, from Proto-Indo-European *gal(o)s-, *glōs-, *golH-so-. Cognate with Scots call, caw, ca, Dutch kallen, German dialectal kallen, Swedish kalla, Norwegian kalle, Icelandic kalla, Latin glōria, Welsh galw, Polish głos, Lithuanian gal̃sas. More at glory. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /kɔːl/
  • {{audio}}
  • (US) /kɔl/, [kɒɫ]
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A telephone conversation. I received several phone calls today. I received several calls today.
  2. A short visit, usually for social purposes. I paid a call to a dear friend of mine.
    • Cowper the baker's punctual call
  3. A cry or shout. He heard a call from the other side of the room.
  4. A decision or judgement. That was a good call.
  5. The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal. That sound is the distinctive call of the cuckoo bird.
  6. A beckon or summon. I had to yield to the call of the wild.
    • Addison Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity.
    • Macaulay running into danger without any call of duty
  7. (finance) An option to buy stock at a specified price during or at a specified time.
  8. (cricket) The act of calling to the other batsman.
  9. (cricket) The state of being the batsman whose role it is to call (depends on where the ball goes.)
  10. A work shift which requires one to be available when requested (see on call).
    • 1978, , The Practice, Harper & Row, ISBN 9780060131944: page 48: “Mondays would be great, especially after a weekend of call.” page 56: “… I’ve got call tonight, and all weekend, but I’ll be off tomorrow to help you some.”
    • 2007, William D. Bailey, You Will Never Run Out of Jesus, CrossHouse Publishing, ISBN 978-0-929292-24-3: page 29: I took general-surgery call at Bossier Medical Center and asked special permission to take general-medical call, which was gladly given away by the older staff members: …. You would be surprised at how many surgical cases came out of medical call. page 206: My first night of primary medical call was greeted about midnight with a very ill 30-year-old lady who had a temperature of 103 degrees.
    • 2008, Jamal M. Bullocks et al., Plastic Surgery Emergencies: Principles and Techniques, Thieme, ISBN 978-1-58890-670-0, page ix: We attempted to include all topics that we ourselves have faced while taking plastic surgery call at the affiliated hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, one of the largest medical centers in the world, which sees over 100,000 patients per day.
    • 2009, Steven Louis Shelley, A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, page 171: The columns in the second rectangle show fewer hours, but part of that is due to the fact that there's a division between a work call and a show call.
  11. (computing) The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the original point.
  12. A statement of a particular state, or rule, made in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on. There was a 20 dollar bet on the table, and my call was 9.
  13. (poker) The act of matching a bet made by a player who has previously bet in the same round of betting.
  14. A note blown on the horn to encourage the dogs in a hunt.
  15. (nautical) A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate to summon the sailors to duty.
  16. A pipe to call birds by imitating their note or cry.
  17. An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
  18. (archaic) Vocation; employment; calling.
  19. (US, legal) A reference to, or statement of, an object, course, distance, or other matter of description in a survey or grant requiring or calling for a corresponding object, etc., on the land.
  • 2007, Latina, volume 11, page 101: We actually have a call tomorrow, which is a Sunday, right after my bridal shower. I have to make enchiladas for 10 people!
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (heading) To use one's voice.
    1. (intransitive) To request, summon, or beckon. exampleThat person is hurt; call for help!
      • John Bunyan (1628-1688) They called for rooms, and he showed them one.
    2. (intransitive) To cry or shout.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) You must call to the nurse.
      • Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), Merrow Down For far — oh, very far behind, / So far she cannot call to him, / Comes Tegumai alone to find / The daughter that was all to him!
    3. (transitive) To utter in a loud or distinct voice. exampleto call the roll of a military company
      • John Gay (1685-1732) no parish clerk who calls the psalm so clear
    4. (transitive, intransitive) To contact by telephone. exampleWhy don't you call me in the morning?  Why don't you call tomorrow?
    5. (transitive) To declare in advance. exampleThe captains call the coin toss.
    6. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) If thou canst awake by four o' the clock, / I prithee call me. Sleep hath seized me wholly.
  2. (heading, intransitive) To visit.
    1. To pay a (social) visit. exampleWe could always call on a friend.  The engineer called round whilst you were away.
      • Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet (1628–1699) He ordered her to call at the house once a week.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.”
    2. To stop at a station or port. exampleThis train calls at Reading, Slough and London Paddington.  Our cruise ship called at Bristol Harbour.
  3. (heading) To name, identify or describe.
    1. (transitive) To name or refer to. exampleWhy don't we dispense with the formalities. Please call me Al.
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , ““I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. What I won't stand is to have them togs called a livery.{{nb...}}””
      • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
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    2. (in passive) Of a person, to have as one's name; of a thing, to have as its name. exampleI'm called John.  A very tall building is called a skyscraper.
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    3. (transitive) To predict. exampleHe called twelve of the last three recessions.
    4. To state, or estimate, approximately or loosely; to characterize without strict regard to fact. exampleThey call the distance ten miles.  That's enough work. Let's call it a day and {{nowrap}}.
      • John Brougham (1814-1880) [The] army is called seven hundred thousand men.
    5. (obsolete) To disclose the class or character of; to identify.
      • Beaumont and Fletcher (1603-1625) This speech calls him Spaniard.
  4. (heading, sport) Direct or indirect use of the voice.
    1. (cricket) (of a batsman): To shout directions to the other batsman on whether or not they should take a run.
    2. (baseball, cricket) (of a fielder): To shout to other fielders that he intend to take a catch (thus avoid collision).
    3. (intransitive, poker) To match or equal the amount of poker chip in the pot as the player that bet.
    4. (transitive) To state, or invoke a rule, in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on. exampleMy partner called two spades.
  5. (transitive, sometimes with for) To require, demand. exampleHe felt called to help the old man.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations.
  6. (transitive, finance) To announce the early extinction of a debt by prepayment, usually at a premium.
  7. (transitive, banking) To demand repayment of a loan.
  8. (transitive, computing) To jump to (another part of a program) to perform some operation, returning to the original point on completion. exampleA recursive function is one that calls itself.
Synonyms: See also , See also
  • {{rank}}
Callafan etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A fan of the English singer List of The X Factor finalists (UK series 10)#Sam_Callahan.
    • 2013, Megan Tatum, "Charity skinny dip scrapped over indecent exposure fears", Essex Chronicle, 21 June 2013: But when a friend accidentally let slip on Twitter the time and location of the event, many of Sam's 'Callafans' planned to come along at 5.30am to take a peek.
    • 2013, Will Watkinson, "Sam's Our Man: 'Callafans' at Star's Old School Show Support", Essex Chronicle, 10 October 2013: The Callafans at Heathcote preparatory school in Danbury have been backing Sam from the start and are looking forward to seeing the Great Totham singer-songwriter perform to millions of TV viewers when the public vote begins at the weekend.
    • 2014, Paul John Coulter, "X Factor finalist Sam Callahan to switch on Oak Mall Christmas lights", Greenock Telegraph, 10 October 2014: Now his Inverclyde ‘Callafans’ will be hoping for a sneak preview of his new material when he performs live next month to kick-off the festive season with a Christmas cracker.
call an ambulance {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Use a telephone to ensure arrival of an ambulance
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (communication) Outward bound telephone calls.
  2. (slang) An invitation to fight; the act of one child calling out another.
  3. (typography, graphic layout) A pull quote: an excerpt from an article (such as in a news magazine) that is duplicated in a large font alongside the article so as to grab a reader's attention and indicate the article's topic.
  4. A summons to someone designated as being on call
  5. An annotation that pertains to a specific location in a body of text or a graphic, and that is visually linked to that location by a mark or a matching pair of marks.
  • outcall
call out Alternative forms: call-out etymology From call + out.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To specify, especially in detail. They call out 304 stainless steel in the drawing, but the part was made from aluminum.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To order into service; to summon into service. The Governor called out the National Guard.
  3. (intransitive, transitive) To yell out; to vocalize audibly; announce.
    • 1971, Carole King, “You’ve Got A Friend”, Tapestry, Ode Records You just call out my name / And you know wherever I am / I'll come running to see you again.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic, colloquial) To challenge, to denounce. He was very insulting. Finally Jack called him out and shut him up. She called them out on their lies.
Bus operators are said to "call out" a stop when they announce that it will be the next available stop; synonyms of call out are not typically used.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British) An incidence of someone being summoned for some purpose. I had to pay for the call out of the plumber after the pipe burst.
  2. (US) A meeting or rally held in order to find interested participants, e.g. for an activity or sports team. So many people attended the basketball call out that the coach decided to form 2 teams.
  • outcall
calm your farm
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, imperative) calm down
    • 2013, Emilie Richards, ‎Janice Kay Johnson, ‎Sarah Mayberry, The Christmas Wedding QuiltCalm your farm, Mum. You'll do yourself an injury.” She laughed and swatted his arm with a tea towel.
    • 2013, James Roy, City 'Okay, calm your farm and let's think this through,' Mitch said. 'Jase, go and get him a glass of water or something.'
calm your tits Alternative forms: calm yo' tits
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Internet slang, idiomatic, vulgar) Calm down! ( Used to tell someone to relax when they are agitated, angry, overexcited, etc.)
    • 2011, Doc Watson, "Game Over, Man!: Has Doom & Gloom Come All Too Soon?", Salient (Victoria University of Wellington), Volume 74, Issue 7, 11 April 2011, page 31: The act of pareidolia is such that the culmination of completely arbitrary events leads to the jackrabbit assumption that we might as well call it a day and close shop. Without any hard evidence, we wave the white flag. And yes, an earthquake counts as an arbitrary event. Calm your tits.
    • 2011, Victoria Smith, "From Sidelines to Varsity", The Union Weekly (California State University, Long Beach), Volume 69, Issue 7,10 October 2011, page 11: Unfortunately, I had only heard of J. Cole on R&B singer Miguel's single "All I Want is You" (calm your tits, hip-hop junkies); however, I can say that I am more than pleased this season (considering the NBA lockout disappointment).
    • 2013, Julie Kosin, "An Eye For An Icon", The Miscreant, Issue 35, page 15: I can hear you cringing at this choice, but calm your tits and watch the music video.
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Synonyms: calm down, cool it, chill
caltrop etymology From the Latin calcitrapa. pronunciation
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈkæltrəp/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈkɔːltrəp/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}(weaponry) A small, metal object with spike arranged so that, when thrown onto the ground, one always faces up as a threat to passers-by.
    • 1858, The journal of the British Archaeological Association ...her father, the emperor Alexius, who reigned AD 1081-1118, ordered caltrops to be cast in front of his archers...
    • 1954, Joseph Needham, Ling Wang, Science and civilisation in China By Sung times, several different types of caltrops had been developed. As in earlier times, both caltrops could be made from both wood and iron...
    • 2000, Alan Vick, Aerospace operations in urban environments: exploring new concepts Caltrops, tetrahedrons, and similar devices are designed to puncture vehicle tires or limit foot traffic. The standard design has four points.
  2. (heraldiccharge) This object used as a heraldic charge.
  3. (colloquial) The starthistle, {{taxlink}}, a plant with sharp thorns.
  4. A flowering plant, {{taxlink}}, in the family Zygophyllaceae, native to warm temperate and tropical regions of the Old World.
Synonyms: (weaponry) caltrap, galtrop, cheval trap, galthrap, galtrap, calthrop, crow’s foot, (starthistle), (Tribulus terrestris) puncturevine, cat's head, yellow vine, goathead, burra, gokharu, bindii.
cam {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • [kæm]
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etymology 1 Recorded since the 16th century, from Dutch kam (cognate with English comb, and preserved in modern Dutch compounds such as kamrad, kamwiel)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A turning or sliding piece which imparts motion to a rod, lever or block brought into sliding or rolling contact with it.
  2. A curved wedge, movable about an axis, used for forcing or clamping two pieces together.
  3. (UK, dialect) A ridge or mound of earth. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (rock climbing) A camming device, a spring-loaded device for effecting a temporary belay in a rock crevice.
etymology 2 From camera, from the first part of Latin camera obscura, itself from Ancient Greek καμάρα 〈kamára〉, from Proto-Indo-European *kam- {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) camera
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To go on webcam with someone
etymology 3
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. alternative form of kam
  • AMC, CMA, mac, Mac, Mac., MAC, mca acm
Camberwell carrot etymology Coined in the film Withnail and I (1987).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A large cannabis joint.
    • 2005, Neil Gentleman-Hobbs, Lord Golden-Showers "Entrepreneur?" (page 182) He then patted the Steinway piano as he passed it and then put her Ladyship to bed. He then rolled himself a one-foot long Camberwell carrot, grabbed a bottle of Krug, and spent the evening at leisure…
    • 2010, Darren Smith, Burning Indigo (page 264) “I could go for a Camberwell carrot right now,” Andy slurred from his armchair.
camelfucker etymology From camel + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
camel jockey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An athlete who rides camels during a race.
  2. (slang, offensive, ethnic slur) An Arab.
    • 2008, Nelson DeMille, The Lion's Game: The government thinks these stupid camel jockeys are going to come to America and take revenge.
cameltoe Alternative forms: camel toe etymology A reference to the visual similarity in appearance to the two toe of a camel's hoof.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The visibility of a woman's labia or vulva, as a consequence of wearing tight pants.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2005, David Mansour,, 0740751182, From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century, Cameltoe: Terminology used to describe what happens when a chick wears her pants tighter than tight. Her crotch area becomes outlined with the seam riding up the crack, making it resemble the toe of a camel.”
    • 2006, 21 April, "Anatomy of a Cameltoe, part 1", Fashion Incubator: Most of the time, camel toe is rarely the extreme you see on certain websites; it's more subtle than that. Most of the time, camel toe is caused by wearing pants that are too big—in one specific area—making a reciprocal area too small. It's an engineering problem, not a weight problem. In fact, here's a skinny mannequin. If she's got a camel toe, everyone else will too.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: (labia or vulva visible through tight pants) frontal wedgie, moose knuckle
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To wear a piece of clothing such that the labia are visible.
Cameronite {{wikipedia}} etymology From the surname of David Cameron, British prime minister 2010- + ite.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, informal) A supporter of David Cameron or his policies.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to Cameronites or to David Cameron's government and policies.
cami etymology Shortened from camisole. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkæmi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A camisole.
  • amic
  • iMac
  • mica
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) camouflage clothing
camming etymology Contraction of camcording.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Camcording; the illegal re-recording of film on camcorder in a cinema.
    • 2006, Joan M Van Tassel, Digital rights management Many of the VCDs sold in Asia stem from such camming...
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2009, Robert Bird, Subhash C Jain, The Global Challenge of Intellectual Property Rights Considering the supposed losses due to camming, the small reward and associated limitations on receiving it are unlikely to encourage employees to make the extra, and perhaps dangerous, effort to stop this illegal conduct.
camo etymology From camouflage, by shortening pronunciation
  • /ˈkæ.mo/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (textiles) A pattern on clothing consisting of irregular shape patch that are either greenish/brownish, brownish/whitish, or bluish/whitish, as used by ground combat forces.
  2. Clothes made from camouflage fabric, for concealment in combat or hunting.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To camouflage.
  2. (informal) To put on camouflage clothing.
  • coma
camp {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English camp, from Old English camp, from Proto-Germanic *kampaz, *kampą, from Latin campus, from Proto-Indo-European *kamp-. Reinforced circa 1520 by Middle French can, camp, from onf camp, from the same Latin source (whence also French champ from Old French). Cognate with Old High German champf (German Kampf), Old Norse kapp, Old High German hamf. The verb is from Middle English campen, from Old English campian, compian, from Proto-Germanic *kampōną, from *kampaz, see above. Cognate with Dutch kampen, German kämpfen, Danish kæmpe, Swedish kämpa. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) Conflict; battle.
  2. An outdoor place acting as temporary accommodation in tents or other temporary structures.
  3. An organised event, often taking place in tents or temporary accommodation.
  4. A base of a military group, not necessarily temporary.
  5. A single hut or shelter. a hunter's camp
  6. The company or body of persons encamped.
    • Macaulay The camp broke up with the confusion of a flight.
  7. A group of people with the same strong ideal or political leanings.
  8. (uncommon) campus
  9. (informal) A summer camp.
  10. (agriculture) A mound of earth in which potatoes and other vegetables are stored for protection against frost; called also burrow and pie.
  11. (UK, obsolete) An ancient game of football, played in some parts of England. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, now, chiefly, dialectal) To fight; contend in battle or in any kind of contest; to strive with others in doing anything; compete.
  2. (intransitive, now, chiefly, dialectal) To wrangle; argue.
  3. To live in a tent or similar temporary accommodation. We're planning to camp in the field until Sunday.
  4. To set up a camp.
  5. (transitive) To afford rest or lodging for.
    • Shakespeare Had our great palace the capacity / To camp this host, we all would sup together.
  6. (video games) To stay in an advantageous location in a video game, such as next to a power-up's spawn point or in order to guard an area. The easiest way to win on this map is to camp the double damage. Go and camp the flag for the win.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of or related to a camp
related terms:
  • campus
  • champerty
etymology 2 Believed to be from Polari, otherwise obscure.listed in the ''Oxford English Dictionary'', second edition (1989) Suggested origins include the 17th century French word camper, 'to put oneself in a pose',Douglas Harper, [ "camp (adj.)"] in: '' - Online Etymology Dictionary'', 2001ff an assumed dialectal English word camp or kemp meaning 'rough' or 'uncouth' and a derivation from camp (n.)Micheal Quinion, [ "Camp"] in: ''World Wide Words'', 2003 {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An affected, exaggerated or intentionally tasteless style.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Theatrical; making exaggerated gestures.
  2. (of a, man) Ostentatiously effeminate.
  3. Intentionally tasteless or vulgar, self-parodying.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A police officer assigned to a university campus.
    • 2005, Julia Schwent, ‎Gohari Omid, Rice University College Prowler Off the Record (page 135) Baker Fountain [is] fun to run through, if you can avoid slipping or getting busted by the Campos.
camwhore etymology cam + whore
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, internet) A shamelessly exhibitionistic webcam user.
    • Heinz Duthel, The complete internet pornography encyclopedia Some camgirls (often called camwhores) offer nude photographs or videos of themselves in exchange for gifts or money.
    • 2005, American Family Association journal: Volumes 29-31 his trip into the sordid world of "camwhores"
    • 2012, Ivan Lim, Cara Van Miriah, Nightlife [Confidential] But for a certain party auntie who prowls the nightlife circuit, she could well be the mother of all camwhores.
related terms:
  • camwhoring
can {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English can (first and third person singular of connen, cunnen, from Old English can, first and third person singular of cunnan, from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną, from Proto-Indo-European, *ǵn̥néh₃- 〈*ǵn̥néh₃-〉. Compare Dutch kunnen, Low German könen, German können, Danish kunne, Swedish kunna. More at canny, cunning. pronunciation
  • (stressed)
    • {{enPR}}, /kæn/, /kɛn/
    • {{audio}}
    • {{rhymes}}
  • (unstressed)
    • /kən/, /kn̩/, /kɪn/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To know how to; to be able to. exampleShe can speak English, French, and German.   I can play football.   Can you remember your fifth birthday?
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  2. (modal auxiliary verb, defective, informal) May; to be permitted or enabled to. exampleYou can go outside and play when you're finished with your homework.   Can I use your pen?
  3. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To be possible, usually with be. exampleCan it be Friday already?
    • 1922, Ben Travers , 5, [ A Cuckoo in the Nest] , “The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite.…Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?”
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To know.
    • ca.1360-1387, William Langland, Piers Plowman I can rimes of Robin Hood.
    • ca.1360-1387, William Langland, Piers Plowman I can no Latin, quod she.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Let the priest in surplice white, / That defunctive music can.
  • For missing forms, substitute inflected forms of be able to, as:
    • I might be able to go.
    • I was able to go yesterday.
    • I have been able to go, since I was seven.
    • I had been able to go before.
    • I will be able to go tomorrow.
  • The word could also suffices in many tenses. "I would be able to go" is equivalent to "I could go", and "I was unable to go" can be rendered "I could not go". (Unless there is a clear indication otherwise, "could verb" means "would be able to verb", but "could not verb" means "was/were unable to verb".)
  • The present tense negative can not is often contracted to cannot or can't.
  • The use of can in asking permission sometimes is criticized as being impolite or incorrect by those who favour the more formal alternative "may I...?".
  • Can is sometimes used rhetorically to issue a command, placing the command in the form of a request. For instance, "Can you hand me that pen?" as a polite substitution for "Hand me that pen."
  • Some US dialects that glottalize the final /t/ in can't (/kæn(ʔ)/), in order to differentiate can't from can, pronounce can as /kɛn/ even when stressed.
Synonyms: be able to, may
  • cannot
  • can’t
etymology 2 From Middle English canne, from Old English canne, from Proto-Germanic *kannǭ, perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *gan-, *gandʰ-. Cognate with Scots can, Western Frisian kanne, Dutch kan, German Kanne, Danish kande, Swedish kanna, Icelandic kanna. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /kæn/
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  • (AusE) /kæːn/
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  • (New York) /keən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  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) jail or prison.
  7. (slang) headphones.
  8. (obsolete) A drink cup. {{rfquotek}}
    • Tennyson Fill the cup and fill the can, / Have a rouse before the morn.
Synonyms: (cylindrical metal container) tin (British & Australian at least)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To preserve, by heating and sealing in a can or jar. They spent August canning fruit and vegetables.
  2. to discard, scrap or terminate (an idea, project, etc.). He canned the whole project because he thought it would fail.
  3. To shut up. Can your gob.
  4. (US, euphemistic) To fire or dismiss an employee. The boss canned him for speaking out.
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  • ANC
  • CNA
  • NCA
Canada {{wikipedia}} etymology From the lre canada. See . pronunciation
  • (Canada) /ˈkænədə/
  • (US) /ˈkænədə/, [ˈkʰænɪ̈də]
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  1. A country in North America; official name: Canada.
  2. (historical) Lower Canada (also Canada East) or Upper Canada (Canada West), often “the Canadas.”
Synonyms: America's Hat (humorous), Canuckistan (humorous or derogatory), Dominion of Canada (historical), Great White North (informal), neighbor to the north (US), People's Republic of Canada (humorous or derogatory), Soviet Canuckistan (humorous or derogatory)
related terms:
  • Canuck
  • Kanata
Canadarian etymology From Canada + arian.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, slang) Canadian: of, from, or pertaining to Canada.
    • 2002 May 30, "Dark Angel" (username), "Re: die in screaming infinite agony CANCERCUNT. please discuss.", in and other newsgroups, Usenet: Thank you, and likewise - even if you ARE a snooty non-humping Canadarian woman!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, slang) A Canadian: a person from, or resident of, Canada.
    • 2000 April 5, John Flynn, "Re: Second Coming Weather!", in, Usenet: I didn't DARE add the word "yaw" since I have the feeling that USians and Canadarians pronounce it differently; …
    • 2000 December 2, John Flynn, "Re: [OT] A funny thing happened on the way to the forum...", in, Usenet: So.......... there isn't even THAT difference, according to a native Canadarian.
    • 2002 February 27, Bill Schenley, "Re: Latin Ballplayers are Liars", in, Usenet: You left out the Jews, the Janes, the Hindus and those terrifying bastards from Luxemburg. Fuck it ... Let's 'git them Canadarians, too.
    • 2002 March 5, Bill Schenley, "Re: Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 9 In Jerusalem", alt.obituaries, Usenet: This from a fucking Canadarian ...
Canadia etymology Most likely from Canadian. pronunciation
  • (US) /kəˈneɪdiə/, [kʰəˈneɪ̯ɾiə]
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous) Canada.
Canadian pronunciation
  • /kəˈneɪdɪən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Person from Canada.
  2. (sports, informal) Canadian national championship.
Synonyms: Canajun, Canajan, Canuck, Canuckistani, Canuckistanian (slang)
coordinate terms:
  • Usonian, Usanian
  • North Atlanticist
related terms:
  • Canadien
  • Canadienne
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The English language as used (spoken or written) in Canada; Canadian English.
  2. A town in Oklahoma.
  3. A city and county seat in Texas.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to Canada.
  2. Of or pertaining to Canadians.
  3. Of or pertaining to Canadian (or Canadian English).
Synonyms: Canajun, Canajan, Canuck, Canuckistani, Canuckistanian (slang)
Canadian Ballet
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (northern US, slang) A strip club, especially one in Canada near the American border.
canary {{wikipedia}} etymology From French canarie, from Spanish canario, from the Latin Canariae insulae (Spanish Islas Canarias); from the largest island Insula Canaria, named for its dogs, from canārius, from canis. pronunciation
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  1. A small, usually yellow, finch (genus Serinus), a songbird native to the Canary Islands.
  2. Any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour.
  3. A light, slightly green, yellow colour. {{color panel}}
  4. A light, sweet, white wine from the Canary Islands.
    • 1599, , , III. ii. 80: I will to my honest knight / Falstaff, and drink canary with him.
  5. A lively dance, possibly of Spanish origin (also called canaries).
    • 1598, , , II. i. 74: and make you dance canary / With sprightly fire and motion;
  6. Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.)
  7. (informal) A female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer.
  8. (slang) An informer or snitch; a squealer.
  9. (slang) A (usually yellow) capsule of the short-acting barbiturate pentobarbital/pentobarbitone (Nembutal).
  10. (Australia, informal) A yellow sticker of unroadworthiness.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a light yellow colour.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) to dance nimbly (as in the canary dance)
    • 1590, , , III. i. 11: but to jig off a tune at / the tongue's end, canary to it with your feet,
  2. (slang) to inform or snitch, to betray secrets, especially about illegal activities.
related terms:
  • serin
  • yellowhead
cancel Alternative forms: cancell (obsolete) etymology From xno canceler, from Latin cancellare, from cancelli, diminutive of cancer. pronunciation
  • /ˈkænsl/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cross out something with line etc.
    • Blackstone A deed may be avoided by delivering it up to be cancelled; that is, to have lines drawn over it in the form of latticework or cancelli; the phrase is now used figuratively for any manner of obliterating or defacing it.
  2. (transitive) To invalidate or annul something. He cancelled his order on their website.
    • 1914, Marjorie Benton Cooke, Bambi "I don't know what your agreement was, Herr Professor, but if it had money in it, cancel it. I want him to learn that lesson, too."
  3. (transitive) To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused. This machine cancels the letters that have a valid zip code.
  4. (transitive) To offset or equalize something. The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.
  5. (transitive, mathematics) To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both side of an equation.
  6. (transitive, media) To stop production of a programme.
  7. (printing, dated) To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.
  8. (obsolete) To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to exclude.
    • Milton cancelled from heaven
  9. (slang) To kill.
Synonyms: belay
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cancellation (US); (nonstandard in some kinds of English).
    1. (Internet) A control message posted to Usenet that serves to cancel a previously posted message.
  2. (obsolete) An inclosure; a boundary; a limit. A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of serious thoughts, to a person whose spirit…desires no enlargement beyond the cancels of the body. — Jeremy Taylor.
  3. (printing) The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.
related terms:
  • chancel
  • cancellation
  • chancellery
  • chancellor
  • chancery
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etymology From Latin cancer, from Ancient Greek καρκίνος 〈karkínos〉; applied to cancerous tumors because the enlarged veins resembled the legs of a crab. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈkænsə/
  • (AusE) /ˈkæːnsə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈkænsɚ/
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  1. (medicine, oncology, disease) A disease in which the cell of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.
  2. (figuratively) Something which spread within something else, damaging the latter.
Synonyms: (disease) growth, malignancy, neoplasia, (something which spreads) lichen
  • tumor
  • leukaemia, leukemia
related terms:
  • Cancer
  • cancerization
  • cancerize
  • cancerous
  • canker
  • precancerous
  • crance
cancerette etymology {{blend}}. Possibly coined by Abbie Hoffman in his 1970 countercultural work Steal This Book.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A cigarette.
Synonyms: (cigarette) cancer stick (derogatory), cig, ciggy, coffin nail, fag (UK), smoke
cancer stick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A cigarette.
Synonyms: coffin nail
CanCon {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Cancon etymology Abbreviation of Canadian + content.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, Canadian, broadcasting) Canadian content, in the context of Canadian regulations setting minimum quota of Canadian content for Canadian radio and television broadcasters.
    • 1973, Ritchie York, “Artist Claims CKLW’s Keen Interest Affects U.S. Hits”, in Billboard v 85, n 21 (May 19), Los Angeles: Billboard Publications, p 58: In the early part of the Cancon era, CKLW demonstrated considerable reluctance in programming legitimately locally-made singles. Rather, the station searched out U.S. records with dubious Canadian connections (many a song written by Paul Anka, who left Canada 15 years ago, have found their way into ’LW playlists) to avoid taking a chance on unknown Canadian artists.
candida etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine, informal) A yeast of the genus Candida, usually specifically Candida albicans
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candidate etymology From Latin candidātus, the perfect passive participle of candidare, from candidus, in reference to Roman candidates wearing bleached white togas as a symbol of purity at a public forum. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkæn.dɪdət/
  • (US) /ˈkæn.dɪ.deɪt/, /ˈkæn.dɪ.dɪt/
  • (US) /ˈkæn.ɪ.dɪt/, /ˈkæn.ɪ.deɪt/[ The Dialect Survey]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is run in an election or who is apply to a position for a job.
  2. A participant in an examination.
  3. Something or somebody maybe suitable for or in danger of something or somebody.
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  4. Synonym for candidate gene.
related terms:
  • candelabrum
  • candela
  • candid
  • candle
  • candlepower
  • candlestick
  • chandler
  • chandlery
candidating etymology candidate + ing pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) The taking of the position of a candidate; specifically, the preach of a clergyman with a view to settlement.
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candified etymology candy + -ify + -ed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (sometimes, derogatory) Made sweet or saccharine.
    • 1998, John D. Seelye, Memory's nation: the place of Plymouth Rock (page 21) They have become democratized into an item of popular consumption, perhaps a more gritty comestible than the candified menu served up in Disneyland's version of the American past...
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) confident and willing to get a job done.
    • 2005 Julian Campbell - Stop the Wheel - I Want to Get Off! It is important to approach each day with a smile on your face and a can-do attitude.
  • CanOD
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A cowardly or timid person; a wimp.
candyflipping etymology candy + flipping
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Taking the drugs LSD and Ecstasy together.
candy flipping {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The experience of combining the drug LSD and MDMA.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male confectioner.
    • 1989, Laurie Fullerton, Tony Wheeler, North-East Asia on a Shoestring Near the entrance is a candyman who makes butterflies, birds and fish from melted sugar.
  2. (slang) A drug dealer.
    • 1987, Marc Olden, Gaijin He was on the payroll as Marvin Movie Star's candyman, his drug connection.
    • 2002, Elizabeth George, A Traitor to Memory This bloke looked just like a candyman with his expensive togs and the glitter of a gold watch in the lights from the car park.
candy man Alternative forms: candy-man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, euphemistic, slang) A drug dealer.
  2. (dated) A person who sell sweets, especially a sidewalk or street vendor.
    • 1859, , Trials and Confessions of a Housekeeper, ch. 18, "There comes the candy-man!" exclaimed a little fellow, pressing up to the side of the lady. "Quick, ma! Here, candy-man!" calling after an old man with a tin cylinder under his arm.
cane etymology From Old French cane, from Latin canna, from Ancient Greek κάννα 〈kánna〉, from Aramaic qanhā, qanyā, from Akkadian qanu 'tube, reed', from Sumerian gin 'reed'. pronunciation
  • /kʰeɪn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. To do with a plant with simple stems, like bamboo or sugar 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.
      • 1907, Harold Bindloss , 7, [ The Dust of Conflict] , “Still, a dozen men with rifles, and cartridges to match, stayed behind when they filed through a white aldea lying silent amid the cane, and the Sin Verguenza swung into slightly quicker stride.”
    4. (US, Southern) Maize or, rarely, sorghum, when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar.
  2. The stem of such a plant adapted for use as a tool.
    1. (countable) A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.
    2. (uncountable) Corporal punishment by beating with a cane. exampleThe teacher gave his student the cane for throwing paper.
    3. A lance or dart made of cane.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraign / The flying skirmish of the darted cane.
  3. A rod-shaped tool or device, somewhat like a cane.
    1. (countable) A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick. exampleAfter breaking his leg, he needed a cane to walk.
    2. (countable, glassblowing) A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking.
    3. (countable) A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by vision impaired persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacle in their path.
  4. (uncountable) Split rattan, as used in wickerwork, basketry and the like.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham , 1, [ The China Governess] , “The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […]  The bed was the most extravagant piece.  Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.”
  5. A local European measure of length; the canna.
Synonyms: (the slender flexible stem of a plant such as bamboo) stem, stalk; (of a tree) trunk, (the plant itself) reed, (sugar cane) molasses cane, (A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment) switch, rod, (corporal punishment by beating with a cane) the cane, a caning, six of the best, whipping, cuts, (strong short staff used for support during walking) staff, walking stick, (a long rod often collapsible) white cane, blind man's cane
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To strike or beat with a cane or similar implement.
  2. (British, New Zealand, slang) To destroy.
  3. (British, New Zealand, slang) To do something well, in a competent fashion.
  4. (UK, slang, intransitive) To produce extreme pain. Don't hit me with that. It really canes! Mate, my legs cane!
  5. (transitive) To make or furnish with cane or rattan. to cane chairs
  • acne, ance, Caen
canhouse etymology From can + house. pronunciation
  • /ˈkanhaʊs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US , mainly Chicago) A brothel.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 22: The Roamer Inn was like a model of all the canhouses I ever saw around Chicago, the granddaddy of them all.
can I buy you a drink {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Indicates the speaker wishes to buy the interlocutor a drink, in a bar.
can I use your phone {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Indicates that the speaker wants to communicate with someone via the interlocutor's telephone, if it is available.
cankle etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • /ˈkæŋkəl/
  • (US) /ˈkeɪŋkəl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) An obese or otherwise swollen ankle that blends into the calf without clear demarcation.
    • 2001, : Hey, all l’m saying is she’s got cankles, for God’s sake. What? Cankles! She’s got no ankles. It’s like the calf merged with the foot, cut out the middleman.
    • 2004, “The “cankle” (or the appearance of not having an ankle, but the calf of the leg just connecting to the foot) is a look that many women have and most could live without.”, Jeff Smith, Posing for Portrait Photography: A Head-to-Toe Guide
    • 2005, “They’d pass me magazines and ask how my cankle recovery was progressing. They’re ankles, not cankles. I don’t have cankles!”, Franz Wisner, Honeymoon with my Brother
    • 2007, Family Guy, season 5, "Bill And Peter's Bogus Journey": Now that's a cankle! Where does the calf fat end and the ankle fat begin? Who knows, that's the fun!
    • 2008, 13 September, Saturday Night Live: Amy Poeler as Hillary Clinton: Stop saying I have cankles!
can man
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  1. (informal) A firefighter whose task is to haul a fire extinguisher.
    • 2002 August 29, Jim Dwyer, "How the Fire Commissioner Saw It" [book review of Strong of Heart by Thomas Von Essen], The New York Times, Mr. Feehan would reflect on the role of the "can man," the raw young firefighter assigned to haul an extinguisher up the stairs.
    • 2004, Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper, ISBN 0743454529, page 141 In ten seconds, I was dressed and walking out the door of my room at the station. . . . By the time two minutes passed,, Caesar was driving the engine onto the streets of Upper Darby; Paulie and Red were the can man and the hydrant man, riding behind.
    • 2006, Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn, 102 Minutes, ISBN 0805080325, page 199 Douglas Oelschlager was the can man, bringing up extinguishers.
cannabutter etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, slang) A product of cooking cannabis plant with butter used to make edible.
canned pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Preserved in can. canned tomatoes
  2. (slang) Drunk.
  3. Previously prepared; not fresh or new; standardized, mass produced, or lacking originality or customization. The form letter included a canned answer stating that what I asked was against policy.
Synonyms: tinned, boilerplate, stock
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  1. en-past of can
canner pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something which can.
  2. A large pot used for processing jar when preserving food, either in a boiling water bath or by capturing steam to elevate the pressure and temperature.
  3. (US, slang) Someone who lives off refunds from recycling.
quotations: One who lives off container deposits {{timeline }}
  • 2007, Jon Mooallem, The Unintended Consequences of Hyperhydration, New York Times, May 27, 2007, p. 7: Yet many canners told me that they can easily earn a daily wage of 20 or 30 dollars; each then recycles upward of 600 containers every day.
  • 2009, Camilo Jose Vergara, 125th and Lex: The most complicated, disturbing, and lively intersection in New York City. A photo essay.,, December 3, 2009: Among the crowds are ordinary working people shopping at the Pathmark, as well as down-and-out "canners" bringing their cans and bottles to the recycling station on East 124th Street.
cannon A cannon (artillery piece) etymology Borrowed around 1400 from Old French canon, from Italian cannone, from Latin canna. This spelling was not fixed until about 1800.Barnhart, Robert K.; Editor. ''The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology''. 1995 HarperResource/HarperCollins P.102.''Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged.'' Merriam-Webster, 2002. (December 26, 2006). pronunciation
  • /ˈkæn.ən/
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  1. A complete assembly, consisting of an artillery tube and a breech mechanism, firing mechanism or base cap, which is a component of a gun, howitzer or mortar. It may include muzzle appendage.(JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
  2. A bone of a horse's leg, between the fetlock joint and the knee or hock.
  3. (historical) A large muzzle-loading artillery piece.
  4. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A carom. In English billiards, a cannon is when one's cue ball strikes the other player's cue ball and the red ball on the same shot; and it is worth two points.
  5. (baseball, figuratively, informal) The arm of a player that can throw well. He's got a cannon out in right.
  6. (engineering) A hollow cylindrical piece carried by a revolving shaft, on which it may, however, revolve independently.
  7. (printing) alternative form of canon (a large size of type)
The unchanged plural is preferred in Great Britain and Ireland, while North Americans and Australians tend to use the regular plural cannons. On aircraft, autocannons are sometimes called "cannons" for short.
related terms:
  • cannonade
  • cannoneer
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To bombard with cannons.
  2. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To play the carom billiard shot. To strike two balls with the cue ball The white cannoned off the red onto the pink.
  3. To fire something, especially spherical, rapidly.
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  4. To collide or strike violently, especially so as to glance off or rebound.
    • Rudyard Kipling He heard the right-hand goal post crack as a pony cannoned into it — crack, splinter, and fall like a mast.
cannonball pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, artillery)
    1. A spherical projectile fired from a smoothbore cannon; a solid shot; a solid round shot; a ball.
    2. An explosive-filled hollow iron sphere fused through a hole and intended to explode at a calculated distance rather than explode on impact.
  2. The result of running and jumping in a flexed position into a swimming pool to create a large splash, mimicking the flight and shape of a cannonball. The cannonball could be called the S.U.V. of the pool — oversized, brash, hormonally hardwired.
    • The New Yorker, 30 August 2004, p.40
    I would call it a water-entry stunt, not a dive.
    • The New Yorker, 30 August 2004, p.40, quoting "Coach O'Brien"
  3. (slang, figuratively) Something that moves fast. Meetings of the model train club always begin with the song "Wabash Cannonball".
  4. (tennis) a served ball that travels with great speed and describes little or no arc in flight.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To jump/dive into water doing a cannonball landing. He cannonballed into the pool, drenching us all.
canoe {{wikipedia}} etymology Adopted in 16th century from Spanish canoa, from tnq *kanowa (compare Arawak kanoa, Wayuu anuwa, anua), from Proto-Arawakan *kanawa. Alternative forms: kanuu (Jamaican English) pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kəˈnuː/
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  1. A small long and narrow boat, propelled by one or more people (depending on the size of canoe), using single-bladed paddle. The paddlers face in the direction of travel, in either a seated position, or kneeling on the bottom of the boat. Canoes are open on top, and pointed at both ends.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits; and Selwyn's youth became renewed in a manner almost ridiculous,{{nb...}}.
  2. (slang) An oversize, usually older, luxury car.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To ride or paddle a canoe.
  • ocean, Ocean
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of can
  2. (slang) breasts
  3. (informal) headphones See
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of can The fish factory cans the sardines and mackerel.
  • CNAs
  • CNSA
  • NCSA
  • scan
cant {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Latin cantō probably via onf canter, cognate with chant.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) An argot, the jargon of a particular class or subgroup. He had the look of a prince, but the cant of a fishmonger.
    • 1836, Three discourses preached before the Congregational Society in Watertown, page 65 I am aware that the phrase free inquiry has become too much a cant phrase soiled by the handling of the ignorant and the reckless by those who fall into the mistake of supposing that religion has its root in the understanding and by those who can see just far enough to doubt and no further.
  2. (countable, uncountable) A private or secret language used by a religious sect, gang, or other group.
  3. Shelta.
  4. (uncountable, pejorative) Empty, hypocritical talk. People claim to care about the poor of Africa, but it is largely cant.
    • 1749, , , Book IV ch iv He is too well grounded for all your philosophical cant to hurt.
    • 1759-1770, , Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world — though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst — the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
  5. (uncountable) Whining speech, such as that used by beggar.
  6. (countable, heraldry) A blazon of a coat of arms that makes a pun upon the name of the bearer, canting arms.
  7. (obsolete) A call for bidders at a public fair; an auction.
    • Jonathan Swift To sell their leases by cant.
Synonyms: (private or secret language) argot, jargon, slang, (musical singing) chant, singsong
related terms:
  • descant
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To speak with the jargon of a class or subgroup.
    • Ben Jonson The doctor here, / When he discourseth of dissection, / Of vena cava and of vena porta, / The meseraeum and the mesentericum, / What does he else but cant?
    • Bishop Sanderson that uncouth affected garb of speech, or canting language, if I may so call it
  2. (intransitive) To speak in set phrase.
  3. (intransitive) To preach in a singsong fashion, especially in a false or empty manner.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher the rankest rogue that ever canted
  4. (intransitive, heraldry) Of a blazon, to make a pun that references the bearer of a coat of arms.
  5. (obsolete) To sell by auction, or bid at an auction. {{rfquotek}}
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etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) corner, niche
    • Ben Jonson The first and principal person in the temple was Irene, or Peace; she was placed aloft in a cant.
  2. slope, the angle at which something is set.
    • {{RQ:Stevenson Treasure}} Owing to the cant of the vessel, the masts hung far out over the water, and from my perch on the cross-trees I had nothing below me but the surface of the bay.
  3. An outer or external angle.
  4. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a tilt. {{rfquotek}}
  5. A movement or throw that overturn something.
    • 1830, The Edinburgh Encyclopedia, volume 3, page 621 It is not only of great service in keeping the boat in her due position on the sea, but also in creating a tendency immediately to recover from any sudden cant, or lurch, from a heavy wave; and it is besides beneficial in diminishing the violence of beating against the sides of the vessel which she may go to relieve.
  6. A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give. to give a ball a cant
  7. (coopering) A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask. {{rfquotek}}
  8. A segment of the rim of a wooden cogwheel. {{rfquotek}}
  9. (nautical) A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
related terms:
  • cantilever
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To set (something) at an angle. to cant a cask; to cant a ship
  2. (transitive) To give a sudden turn or new direction to. to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football
  3. (transitive) To bevel an edge or corner.
  4. (transitive) To overturn so that the contents are emptied.
etymology 3 {{rfe}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To divide or parcel out.
etymology 4 From Middle English, presumably from gml * Alternative forms: kant
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, dialect) lively, lusty.
  • NCTA
Cantab etymology Abbreviation of Cantabrigian. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkantab/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A graduate of Cambridge University.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, III.110: Sure my invention must be down at zero, / And I grown one of many "Wooden Spoons" / Of verse, (the name with which we Cantabs please / To dub the last of honours in degrees).
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (after a qualification) Cantabrigian.

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