can·ker /ˈkæŋkɚ/ 名詞
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.
Can·ker v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cankered 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.
A tithe purloined cankers the whole estate. --Herbert.
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.
n : an ulceration (especially of the lips or lining of the
v 1: become infected with a canker
2: infect with a canker
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.