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Canted \Cant"ed\, a. [From 2d Cant.]

  1. Having angles; as, a six canted bolt head; a canted window.

    Canted column (Arch.), a column polygonal in plan.

  2. Inclined at an angle to something else; tipped; sloping.


Cant \Cant\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Canted; p. pr. & vb. n. Canting.]

  1. To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.

  2. To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football.

  3. To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt.

  1. 1 Having angles. 2 Inclined at an angle to something else; sloping. v

  2. (en-past of: cant)


adj. departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal; "the leaning tower of Pisa"; "the headstones were tilted" [syn: atilt, leaning, tilted, tipped]

Usage examples of "canted".

This had been something like the famous aeolipile of Hero-in a lost timeline, a manufacturer of mechanical novelties in Alexandria-just a pressure vessel with two canted nozzles that would vent steam and spin around like a lawn sprinkler.

The barrel of the Bushmaster cannon canted upward and fired a burst of tracers.

He held his pistol canted so that the priming powder covered the touchhole and slid his thumb on to the doghead, ready to cock the piece.

And the thrice-xaxtdamned fieldpiece that fell to his own lot to drive was canted at a perfectly sickening angle to the horizon.

When you think of ghost towns you think of open spaces, two or three blocks of crumbling false-front buildings, tumbleweeds everywhere, a saloon with one of its batwings canted at a rakish angle, hitchracks and horse troughs and broken signs flapping in the wind.

Sitting in the big, hugely padded, preferably tasteless, nondenominational chair -- something worse than a La-Z-Boy, but on that model -- with her feet up on the pop-out footrest, her head back against the leather headrest, canted to one side to look around the partially closed newspaper at him, sitting eight feet away in a blond wood school chair, the same chair he was sitting in now, she would tell him what she found amusing, tell him what she thought about the world.

He looked over at his car, still canted at an impossible angle, nose first into the creek with the trunk sticking up like the hind end of a stinkbug, and for a few moments he felt as if he were in shadows, felt the world turn darker and a chill breeze blow across the back of his neck, as if a cloud had drifted across the sun.

In lieu of a military response against terrorists abroad and security precautions at home, liberals Canted to get the whole thing over with and just throw conservatives in jail.

None travelled so swiftly as the light feluccas, stitching back and forth, triangular sails canted to catch the wind.

Along the Whangpoo and up Soochow Creek, the sampan homes of the floating city are alive with dim lights, as old women with trousers tied at the ankle arrange stones to level cooking fires on the canted decks, for the river is at low tide and the sampans have heeled over, their wooden bellies stuck in the yellow mud.

Out in the floating city the orange and yellow lanterns are winking out, as people make up beds on the canted decks of sampans heeled over in the mud.

With a growing, grating roar, it canted over on the stony rubble and rattled out into the room: a black catafalque whose upthrust electrum arms held aloft a coffin and several scepters for a few impressive moments before toppling over on its side and crashing into and through the floor.

One night we stood on the canted porch and watched tiny starbursts of color in the distant sky.

The Thunderbolt rests on its bipod in the doorway, muzzle canted toward the sky.

The steering wheel is about the size of an old video-arcade game's steering wheel, and the thin canted six-speed shift is encased in a red leather baglet that smells strongly of leather.