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Definition of cane noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a long thin stick, used to help someone to walk He clutched a top hat and a silver-topped cane. see also walking stick
  2. 2[countable] the hard hollow stems of some plants, for example bamboo or sugar bean plants supported by bamboo canes
  3. 3[uncountable] these stems used as a material for making furniture, etc. a cane chair
  4. 4[countable] a long thin stick, used in the past in some schools for beating children as a punishment to get the cane (= be punished with a cane )
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