Cant timbers
Cant Cant, n. [OF., edge, angle, prof. from L. canthus the iron ring round a carriage wheel, a wheel, Gr. ? the corner of the eye, the felly of a wheel; cf. W. cant the stake or tire of a wheel. Cf. {Canthus}, {Canton}, {Cantle}.] 1. A corner; angle; niche. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The first and principal person in the temple was Irene, or Peace; she was placed aloft in a cant. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. An outer or external angle. [1913 Webster]

3. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

4. A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give; as, to give a ball a cant. [1913 Webster]

5. (Coopering) A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mech.) A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

7. (Naut.) A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads. [1913 Webster]

{Cant frames}, {Cant timbers} (Naut.), timber at the two ends of a ship, rising obliquely from the keel. [1913 Webster]


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  • Cant — Cant, n. [OF., edge, angle, prof. from L. canthus the iron ring round a carriage wheel, a wheel, Gr. ? the corner of the eye, the felly of a wheel; cf. W. cant the stake or tire of a wheel. Cf. {Canthus}, {Canton}, {Cantle}.] 1. A corner; angle;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cant frames — Cant Cant, n. [OF., edge, angle, prof. from L. canthus the iron ring round a carriage wheel, a wheel, Gr. ? the corner of the eye, the felly of a wheel; cf. W. cant the stake or tire of a wheel. Cf. {Canthus}, {Canton}, {Cantle}.] 1. A corner;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cant frames — Frame Frame, n. 1. Anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a fabric; a structure; esp., the constructional system, whether of timber or metal, that gives to a building, vessel, etc., its model and strength; the skeleton of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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