(Cam`py*lot"ro*pous) a. [Gr. curved + a turning.] (Bot.) Having the ovules and seeds
so curved, or bent down upon themselves, that the ends of the embryo are brought close together.
(Cam"us) n. See Camis. [Obs.]
(Cam"wood) n. See Barwood.
(Can) an obs. form of began, imp. & p. p. of Begin, sometimes used in old poetry. [See Gan.]
With gentle words he can faile gree.
(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.
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.
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.
Canned goods, a general name for fruit, vegetables, meat, or fish, preserved in hermetically sealed
(Can) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Canned ; p. pr. &vb. n. Canning.] To preserve by putting in sealed
cans [U. S.] "Canned meats" W. D. Howells.
(Can) v. t. & i. [The transitive use is obsolete.] [imp. Could ] [OE. cunnen, cannen to know,
know how, be able, AS. cunnan, 1st sing. pres. ic cann or can, pl. cunnon, 1st sing. imp. cuðe (for
cunðe); p. p. cuð (for cunð); akin to OS. Kunnan, D. Kunnen, OHG. chunnan, G. können, 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. &radic45. See Ken, Know; cf.
Con, Cunning, Uncouth.]
1. To know; to understand. [Obs.]
I can rimes of Rodin Hood.
I can no Latin, quod she.
Let the priest in surplice white,
That defunctive music can.
2. To be able to do; to have power or influence. [Obs.]
The will of Him who all things can.
For what, alas, can these my single arms?
Mæcænas and Agrippa, who can most with Cæsar.
Beau. & Fl.
3. To be able; followed by an infinitive without to; as, I can go, but do not wish to.