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Meaning of CANKER

Pronunciation:  'kangkur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an ulceration (especially of the lips or living of the mouth)
  2. [v]  infect with a canker
  3. [v]  become infected with a canker
 

CANKER is a 6 letter word that starts with C.

 

 See Also: come down, infect, sicken, ulcer, ulceration

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Can"ker\ (k[a^][ng]"k[~e]r), n. [OE. canker, cancre, AS.
    cancer (akin to D. kanker, OHG chanchar.), fr. L. cancer a
    cancer; or if a native word, cf. Gr. ? excrescence on tree, ?
    gangrene. Cf. also OF. cancre, F. chancere, fr. L. cancer.
    See {cancer}, and cf. {Chancre}.]
    1. A corroding or sloughing ulcer; esp. a spreading
       gangrenous ulcer or collection of ulcers in or about the
       mouth; -- called also {water canker}, {canker of the
       mouth}, and {noma}.
    
    2. Anything which corrodes, corrupts, or destroy.
    
             The cankers of envy and faction.      --Temple.
    
    3. (Hort.) A disease incident to trees, causing the bark to
       rot and fall off.
    
    4. (Far.) An obstinate and often incurable disease of a
       horse's foot, characterized by separation of the horny
       portion and the development of fungoid growths; -- usually
       resulting from neglected thrush.
    
    5. A kind of wild, worthless rose; the dog-rose.
    
             To put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose. And
             plant this thorm, this canker, Bolingbroke. --Shak.
    
    {Black canker}. See under {Black}.
    
    
  2. \Can"ker\ (k[a^][ng]"k[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Cankered} (-k[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cankering}.]
    1. To affect as a canker; to eat away; to corrode; to
       consume.
    
             No lapse of moons can canker Love.    --Tennyson.
    
    2. To infect or pollute; to corrupt. --Addison.
    
             A tithe purloined cankers the whole estate.
                                                   --Herbert.
    
    
  3. \Can"ker\, v. i.
    1. To waste away, grow rusty, or be oxidized, as a mineral.
       [Obs.]
    
             Silvering will sully and canker more than gliding.
                                                   --Bacom.
    
    2. To be or become diseased, or as if diseased, with canker;
       to grow corrupt; to become venomous.
    
             Deceit and cankered malice.           --Dryden.
    
             As with age his body uglier grows, So his mind
             cankers.                              --Shak.
    
    
 
Easton Bible Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

a gangrene or mortification which gradually spreads over the whole body (2 Tim. 2:17). In James 5:3 "cankered" means "rusted" (R.V.) or tarnished.

 
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