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Meaning of CAN

Pronunciation:  kan

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
  2. [n]  a room equipped with toilet facilities
  3. [n]  a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
  4. [n]  the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
  5. [n]  a buoy with a round bottom and conical top
  6. [n]  the quantity contained in a can
  7. [v]  preserve in a can or tin; "tinned foods are not very tasty"
  8. [v]  terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
  9. [v]  be able to, have the ability to
  10. [v]  expresses permission; "You may leave now"; "Can I have another piece of cake?"
  11. [v]  get to or be allowed to do something; "May I go to the movies tonight?"; "Can I have some ice cream?"; "We got to play video games all day long"

CAN is a 3 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: arse, ass, backside, bathroom, behind, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, can buoy, canful, derriere, dismiss, fanny, fire, force out, fundament, get, give notice, give the axe, hind end, hindquarters, john, keister, lav, lavatory, may, might, nates, posterior, prat, privy, put up, rear, rear end, rump, sack, seat, send away, stern, tail, tail end, terminate, tin, tin, tin can, toilet, tooshie, tush
 Antonyms: employ, engage, hire, may not, must not
 See Also: bath, beer can, body, body part, buoy, caddy, can, cannikin, clean out, closet, coffee can, comfort station, commode, container, containerful, convenience, crapper, drop, flush toilet, flushless toilet, furlough, head, keep, lay off, loo, milk can, oilcan, pension off, plumbing fixture, pot, potty, potty chair, potty seat, preserve, public convenience, public lavatory, public toilet, remove, restroom, retire, room, send packing, soda can, squeeze out, stool, tea caddy, throne, toilet bowl, toilet facility, toilet seat, torso, trunk, W.C., wash room, washroom, water closet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Can\,
    an obs. form of began, imp. & p. p. of {Begin}, sometimes
    used in old poetry.
    Note: [See {Gan}.]
                With gentle words he can faile gree. --Spenser.
  2. \Can\, n. [OE. & AS. canne; akin to D. Kan, G. Kanne, OHG.
    channa, Sw. Kanna, Dan. kande.]
    1. A drinking cup; a vessel for holding liquids. --[Shak. ]
             Fill the cup and fill can, Have a rouse before the
             morn.                                 --Tennyson.
    2. A vessel or case of tinned iron or of sheet metal, of
       various forms, but usually cylindrical; as, a can of
       tomatoes; an oil can; a milk can.
    Note: A can may be a cylinder open at the top, as for
          receiving the sliver from a carding machine, or with a
          removable cover or stopper, as for holding tea, spices,
          milk, oysters, etc., or with handle and spout, as for
          holding oil, or hermetically sealed, in canning meats,
          fruits, etc. The name is also sometimes given to the
          small glass or earthenware jar used in canning.
  3. \Can\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Canned}; p. pr. &vb. n.
    To preserve by putting in sealed cans [U. S.] ``Canned
    meats'' --W. D. Howells.
    {Canned goods}, a general name for fruit, vegetables, meat,
       or fish, preserved in hermetically sealed cans.
  4. \Can\, v. t. & i.
    Note: [The transitive use is obsolete.] [imp. {Could}.] [OE.
          cunnen, cannen (1st sing. pres. I can), to know, know
          how, be able, AS. cunnan, 1st sing. pres. ic cann or
          can, pl. cunnon, 1st sing. imp. c[=u][eth]e (for
          cun[eth]e); p. p. c[=u][eth] (for cun[eth]); akin to
          OS. Kunnan, D. Kunnen, OHG. chunnan, G. k["o]nnen,
          Icel. kunna, Goth. Kunnan, and E. ken to know. The
          present tense I can (AS. ic cann) was originally a
          preterit, meaning I have known or Learned, and hence I
          know, know how. [root]45. See {Ken}, {Know}; cf. {Con},
          {Cunning}, {Uncouth}.]
    1. To know; to understand. [Obs.]
             I can rimes of Rodin Hood.            --Piers
             I can no Latin, quod she.             --Piers
             Let the priest in surplice white, That defunctive
             music can.                            --Shak.
    2. To be able to do; to have power or influence. [Obs.]
             The will of Him who all things can.   --Milton.
             For what, alas, can these my single arms? --Shak.
             M[ae]c[ae]nas and Agrippa, who can most with
             C[ae]sar.                             --Beau. & Fl.
    3. To be able; -- followed by an infinitive without to; as, I
       can go, but do not wish to.
    Syn: {Can but}, {Can not but}. It is an error to use the
         former of these phrases where the sens requires the
         latter. If we say, ``I can but perish if I go,'' ``But''
         means only, and denotes that this is all or the worst
         that can happen. When the apostle Peter said. ``We can
         not but speak of the things which we have seen and
         heard.'' he referred to a moral constraint or necessety
         which rested upon him and his associates; and the
         meaning was, We cannot help speaking, We cannot refrain
         from speaking. This idea of a moral necessity or
         constraint is of frequent occurrence, and is also
         expressed in the phrase, ``I can not help it.'' Thus we
         say. ``I can not but hope,'' ``I can not but believe,''
         ``I can not but think,'' ``I can not but remark,'' etc.,
         in cases in which it would be an error to use the phrase
         can but.
               Yet he could not but acknowledge to himself that
               there was something calculated to impress awe, . .
               . in the sudden appearances and vanishings . . .
               of the masque                       --De Quincey.
               Tom felt that this was a rebuff for him, and could
               not but understand it as a left-handed hit at his
               employer.                           --Dickens.
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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of a can indicates that there is something in your past that you need to hold on to and preserve. The dream may also be a pun on how you "can" do something. Don't underestimate your abilities and talents.
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