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▪ Baldwin Inc. last month fired 200 workers at its Crockett, California, refinery, citing high raw cane sugar prices.
▪ The sugar program provides loans to growers of 18 cents per pound for raw cane sugar production and limits foreign imports.
▪ Ann's boyfriend hits Tommy around the head with a bamboo cane spiked with nails.
▪ Single bamboo canes are also used as rhythm sticks in many parts of the world, including Polynesia and the Amazon Basin.
▪ Firm soil around roots and stake standard-trained plants using a bamboo cane.
▪ Rosa was sitting in a white cane chair by the window, nursing a baby in her arms.
▪ He walks over to the brown cane chair by the porch swing and slouches down in It.
▪ Mrs Merrit motioned me to a cane chair and then sat down herself, crossing her legs.
▪ Radios sounded from glowing caves along the pavement; families reclined on cane chairs there, looking out at the night.
▪ We got settled down in a couple of cane chairs, and I gave her a cigarette.
▪ She sat dawn in one of the cane chairs without speaking: straight-backed, hands folded.
▪ Alcohol can be produced from plants such as sugar cane and cassava by fermentation and distillation.
▪ In the 1920s, they were leaders in a series of bloody strikes that crippled Hawaiian sugar cane growers.
▪ Finally a juicy ripe pineapple is sliced, and six fresh sticks of sugar cane arrive.
▪ The toll mounted Friday when three Christians were found slain in sugar cane fields in the nearby village of El Zuheir.
▪ Behind the mangroves lay low scrub, lagoons, and then narrow flats planted with sugar cane.
▪ Order the beef teriyaki skewers or lobster chao on sugar cane sticks.
▪ The main cash crops were coffee, sugar cane and cotton, with cassava the domestic staple.
▪ And growers just want water for their sugar cane fields.
▪ I think Policemen should carry small canes, which I think would probably be very effective.
▪ A dandy with a thin mustache, he carried a cane and wore a hard-visored cap.
▪ You could use just two canes if you prefer.
▪ She should fold up the parasol, use it for a cane.
▪ A genetic disorder led to her using a cane and seeking a hip replacement.
▪ She will be 76 next month and walks with difficulty, using a cane.
▪ Firm soil around roots and stake standard-trained plants using a bamboo cane.
▪ He used a cane and tried to walk fast and his hips bobbed like pistons gone awry.
▪ The great woman came in: standing four foot eight, using a gold-topped cane.
▪ When he completed his term last May he was pale and weak and used a cane.
▪ John Wheatley and his walking cane.
▪ He walks with a cane because of an arthritic leg.
▪ At work, she wears artificial legs and walks stiffly with a cane.
▪ He was smiling and walking with a cane.
▪ The bruise was so severe that he walked with a cane for months and underwent thousands of dollars in medical treatment.
▪ He was an overweight man with large shaggy ears and he walked with a cane, but he did not lack vibrancy.
▪ She is just now starting to walk without a cane.
▪ Cam, 67, wears a hearing aid and a black beret and walks with a cane.
▪ a cane and wicker rocker
▪ He was walking slowly with a cane.
▪ raspberry canes
▪ Anselm: it was his arms, in a cane roller.
▪ Don't leave unvarnished wicker or cane outside.
▪ He tapped one of his canes with impatience.
▪ I think Policemen should carry small canes, which I think would probably be very effective.
▪ Rosa was sitting in a white cane chair by the window, nursing a baby in her arms.
▪ The old lady took her cane and began banging on the door in the partition in back of her.
▪ Use a small split cane the width of the seed tray to make a series of depressions in the levelled compost.
▪ Clare was less often caned than Lilian, as she was more intelligent.
▪ However, there is no point investing for the long term at the risk of being caned in the short term.
▪ The prefects had the power to cane you on the hand with a ruler.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cane \Cane\ (k[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caned (k[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Caning.]

  1. To beat with a cane.

  2. To make or furnish with cane or rattan; as, to cane chairs.


Cane \Cane\ (k[=a]n), n. [OE. cane, canne, OF. cane, F. canne, L. canna, fr. Gr. ka`nna, ka`nnh; prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. q[=a]neh reed. Cf. Canister, canon, 1st Cannon.]

  1. (Bot.)

    1. A name given to several peculiar palms, species of Calamus and D[ae]manorops, having very long, smooth flexible stems, commonly called rattans.

    2. Any plant with long, hard, elastic stems, as reeds and bamboos of many kinds; also, the sugar cane.

    3. Stems of other plants are sometimes called canes; as, the canes of a raspberry.

      Like light canes, that first rise big and brave.
      --B. Jonson.

      Note: In the Southern United States great cane is the Arundinaria macrosperma, and small cane is. Arundinaria tecta.

  2. A walking stick; a staff; -- so called because originally made of one of the species of cane.

    Stir the fire with your master's cane.

  3. A lance or dart made of cane. [R.]

    Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraign The flying skirmish of the darted cane.

  4. A local European measure of length. See Canna.

    Cane borer (Zo["o].), A beetle (Oberea bimaculata) which, in the larval state, bores into pith and destroy the canes or stalks of the raspberry, blackberry, etc.

    Cane mill, a mill for grinding sugar canes, for the manufacture of sugar.

    Cane trash, the crushed stalks and other refuse of sugar cane, used for fuel, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French cane "reed, cane, spear" (13c., Modern French canne), from Latin canna "reed, cane," from Greek kanna, perhaps from Assyrian qanu "tube, reed" (compare Hebrew qaneh, Arabic qanah "reed"), from Sumerian gin "reed." But Tucker finds this borrowing "needless" and proposes a native Indo-European formation from a root meaning "to bind, bend." Sense of "walking stick" in English is 1580s.


"to beat with a walking stick," 1660s, from cane (n.). Related: Caned; caning.


n. 1 To do with a plant with simple stems, like bamboo or sugar cane. 2 # (context uncountable English) The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the grass family Gramineae. 3 # (context uncountable English) The plant itself, including many species in the grass family Gramineae; a reed. 4 # (context uncountable English) sugar cane. vb. 1 To strike or beat with a cane or similar implement. 2 (context British New Zealand slang English) To destroy. 3 (context British New Zealand slang English) To do something well, in a competent fashion. 4 (context UK slang intransitive English) To produce extreme pain. 5 (context transitive English) To make or furnish with cane or rattan.


v. beat with a cane [syn: flog, lambaste, lambast]

  1. n. a stick that people can lean on to help them walk

  2. a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane

  3. a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment

Cane (TV series)

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

Produced by ABC Studios, CBS Paramount Network Television, El Sendero Productions, Interscope Records, and Once A Frog Productions, the series premiered on September 25, 2007 airing on Tuesday nights at 10:00/9:00c on CBS, following The Unit. The series premiere of the show brought in 11 million viewers, the best in its time slot since 1999's Judging Amy.


Canè may refer to:

  • Jarbas Faustinho, Brazilian footballer
  • Paolo Canè, Italian tennis player
Cane (novel)

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

The ambitious, nontraditional structure of the novel - and its later influence on future generations of writers - have helped Cane gain status as a classic of High Modernism. Several of the vignettes have been excerpted or anthologized in literary collections, perhaps most famously the poetic passage "Harvest Song", included in several Norton poetry anthologies. The poem opens with the line: "I am a reaper whose muscles set at sundown."

In 2000 Arion Press published an edition of Cane with woodblock prints by the artist Martin Puryear and an afterword by Leon Litwack.

Cane (disambiguation)

Cane are very tall perennial grasses, with flexible stalks, that grow in damp soils.

Taxa of cane are:

  • Arundo, Old World canes
  • Arundinaria, New World canes
  • Arundo donax, Giant cane
  • Arundinaria appalachiana, Hill cane

Cane may also refer to:

  • Cane (walking stick), a walking stick (sometimes made of cane)
  • Assistive cane, a walking stick used as a mobility aid for better balance
  • White cane, a walking stick for mobility or safety of the blind and visually impaired
  • Canebrake (disambiguation)
  • Caning, corporal punishment with cane (or flexible rattan)
  • Caning (furniture), making household furniture out of cane (or wicker or rattan)

A thin, flexible cane designed for corporal punishment.


Cane is any of various tall, perennial grasses with flexible, woody stalks, and more specifically from the genus Arundinaria.

Scientifically speaking, there are either of two genera from the family Poaceae. The genus Arundo is native from the Mediterranean Basin to the Far East. The genus Arundinaria is a bamboo (Bambuseae) found in the New World. Neither genus includes sugarcane (genus Saccharum, tribe Andropogoneae).

Cane commonly grows in large riparian stands known as canebrakes, found in toponyms throughout the Southern and Western United States; they are much like the tules ( Schoenoplectus acutus) of California.

Depending on strength, cane can be fashioned for various purposes, including walking sticks, crutches, assistive canes or judicial or school canes. Where canes are used in corporal punishment, they must meet particular specifications, such as a high degree of flexibility. Cane historically has been used for many other purposes such as baskets, furniture, boats, roofs and wherever stiff, withy sticks can be put to good use.

Usage examples of "cane".

These juices, together with those of the pear, the peach, the plum, and other such fruits, if taken without adding cane sugar, diminish acidity in the stomach rather than provoke it: they become converted chemically into alkaline carbonates, which correct sour fermentation.

He had ridden out with her once in the first week, and seemed to take pride in showing her the acreage belonging to the plantation, the fields in cane and food crops, the lay of the lands along the river.

He supposed that another, a stoopish man who wore dark glasses and an alpaca coat and who was leaning upon a stout cane, might be the owner of the warehouse itself.

On each cane shaft, tied behind the iron arrowhead, was a tuft of unravelled hemp rope that had been soaked in pitch, which spluttered and then burned fiercely when touched with the slow-match, The archers loosed their arrows, which sailed up in a high, flaming parabola and dropped down to peg into the timbers of an anchored vessel.

Yee Wung took unto himself a sturdy cane, called in the defaulting Ah Meng, and, having batooned that unlucky servitor with much spirit and satisfaction, kicked him out again, re-locked the door, and mounted upon a step-ladder to search an upper shelf.

At the door of the garden is a renewal of the same salutations and curtseys, and then the two groups of women separate, their bedaubed paper lanterns fade away trembling in the distance, balanced at the extremity of flexible canes which they hold in their fingertips as one would hold a fishing-rod in the dark to catch night-birds.

I gave him a blow with my cane by way of answer, and the coward, instead of drawing his sword, began to cry out that I wished to draw him into a fight.

A native swinging bridge, made of bejuco cane, was slung across the river there for the benefit of travellers going to Porto Bello.

Bigness that Bibbs was brought when the cane, without the nurse, was found sufficient to his support.

Struggling on, battered by trellises strung with swinging, clanging, sharp-edged tin cans, I finally reached canes and cloches and beds of biliously bright flowers.

A rosebush grew at the foot of the tower: a hybrid, half wild rose, half Cuisse de Nymphe, with twelve petals and briary canes.

Before the clear notes had faded from the morning air, a venerable darkey with whitened head and slightly bent, though walking without the assistance of a cane, appeared on the bluff overlooking the river.

She made shooing motions with her hand and cane, waving Daur toward the outer doors.

With my hair fastened under a night-cap, my hat pulled down over my face, and my fine cane concealed under my coat, I did not look a very elegant figure.

This made him take up his hat and cane, and as he did so he asked us both to dine with him the next day.