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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 can·ton /ˈkæntṇ, ˌtɑn/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Can·ton n. A song or canto [Obs.]
    Write loyal cantons of contemned love.   --Shak.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Can·ton, n.
 1. A small portion; a division; a compartment.
    That little canton of land called the =\“English pale”\=   --Davies.
    There is another piece of Holbein's, . . . in which, in six several cantons, the several parts of our Savior's passion are represented.   --Bp. Burnet.
 2. A small community or clan.
 3. A small territorial district; esp. one of the twenty-two independent states which form the Swiss federal republic; in France, a subdivision of an arrondissement. See Arrondissement.
 4. Her. A division of a shield occupying one third part of the chief, usually on the dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top of the shield, meeting a horizontal line from the side.
    The king gave us the arms of England to be borne in a canton in our arms.   --Evelyn.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Can·ton, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cantoned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Cantoning.]
 1. To divide into small parts or districts; to mark off or separate, as a distinct portion or division.
    They canton out themselves a little Goshen in the intellectual world.   --Locke.
 2. Mil. To allot separate quarters to, as to different parts or divisions of an army or body of troops.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a city on the Zhu Jiangi delta in southern China; the
           capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water
           port [syn: Guangzhou, Kuangchou, Kwangchow]
      2: a small administrative division of a country
      v 1: provide housing for (military personnel) [syn: quarter, billet]
      2: divide into cantons, of a country