1. Proper noun.  (linguistics) (abbreviation of, Canadian English) .
  2. Noun.  (uncountable) The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the Grass family ''Gramineae''.
  3. Noun.  (uncountable) The plant itself, including many species in the Grass family ''Gramineae''; a reed.
  4. Noun.  (uncountable) sugar cane. (US, Southern) Sometimes applied to maize or rarely to sorghum when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar.
  5. Noun.  (countable) A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.
  6. Noun.  (countable, glassblowing) A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking.
  7. Noun.  (uncountable) Corporal punishment by beating with a cane; the cane.
  8. Noun.  (countable) A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick.
  9. Noun.  (countable) A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by blind persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacles in their path.
  10. Verb.  (British, slang) To strike or beat, notably with a cane or similar implement; to destroy.
  11. Verb.  (British, slang) To do something well, in a competent fashion.
  12. Verb.  (British, slang) It hurts.

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