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English Dictionary: can by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
    Synonym(s): can, tin, tin can
  2. the quantity contained in a can
    Synonym(s): can, canful
  3. a buoy with a round bottom and conical top
    Synonym(s): can, can buoy
  4. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
    Synonym(s): buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass
  5. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
    Synonym(s): toilet, can, commode, crapper, pot, potty, stool, throne
  6. a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
    Synonym(s): toilet, lavatory, lav, can, john, privy, bathroom
  1. preserve in a can or tin; "tinned foods are not very tasty"
    Synonym(s): can, tin, put up
  2. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
    Synonym(s): displace, fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate
    Antonym(s): employ, engage, hire
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Can \Can\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Canned}; p. pr. &vb. n.
      To preserve by putting in sealed cans [U. S.] [bd]Canned
      meats[b8] --W. D. Howells.
      {Canned goods}, a general name for fruit, vegetables, meat,
            or fish, preserved in hermetically sealed cans.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Can \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      Note: [The transitive use is obsolete.]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[d4][eb]e (for
               cun[eb]e); p. p. c[d4][eb] (for cun[eb]); akin to OS.
               Kunnan, D. Kunnen, OHG. chunnan, G. k[94]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. [fb]45. See {Ken}, {Know}; cf. {Con}, {Cunning},
      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[91]c[91]nas and Agrippa, who can most with
                     C[91]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, [bd]I can but perish if I go,[b8]
               [bd]But[b8] means only, and denotes that this is all or
               the worst that can happen. When the apostle Peter said.
               [bd]We can not but speak of the things which we have
               seen and heard.[b8] 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, [bd]I can not help it.[b8] Thus
               we say. [bd]I can not but hope,[b8] [bd]I can not but
               believe,[b8] [bd]I can not but think,[b8] [bd]I can not
               but remark,[b8] 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Can \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Can \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.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   can vt.   To abort a job on a time-sharing system.   Used esp.
   when the person doing the deed is an operator, as in "canned from
   the {{console}}".   Frequently used in an imperative sense, as in
   "Can that print job, the LPT just popped a sprocket!"   Synonymous
   with {gun}.   It is said that the ASCII character with mnemonic CAN
   (0011000) was used as a kill-job character on some early OSes.
   Alternatively, this term may derive from mainstream slang `canned'
   for being laid off or fired.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
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