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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cant n.
 1. A corner; angle; niche. [Obs.]
    The first and principal person in the temple was Irene, or Peace; she was placed aloft in a cant.   --B. Jonson.
 2. An outer or external angle.
 3. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl.
 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.
 5. Coopering A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
 6. Mech. A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel.
 7. Naut. A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
 Cant frames, Cant timbers Naut., timber at the two ends of a ship, rising obliquely from the keel.