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canton

CANTON, n.

1. A small portion of land, or division of territory; originally, a portion of territory on a border; also, the inhabitants of a canton.

2. A small portion or district of territory, constituting a distinct state or government; as in Switzerland.

3. In heraldry, a corner of the shield.

4. A distinct part, or division; as the cantons of a painting or other representation.



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CANTON, n.

1. A small portion of land, or division of territory; originally, a portion of territory on a border; also, the inhabitants of a canton.

2. A small portion or district of territory, constituting a distinct state or government; as in Switzerland.

3. In heraldry, a corner of the shield.

4. A distinct part, or division; as the cantons of a painting or other representation.

CAN'TON, n. [It. cantone, a corner-stone, and a canton; Sp. canton; Port. canto, a corner; Fr. canton, a corner, a part of a country, a district; Arm. canton; D. kant; G. kante; D. kandt; a corner, point, edge, border. The Welsh unites canton with cant, a hundred, L. centum, Sax. hund, for cantrev is a circuit or division of a country, from cant, a hundred.]

  1. A small portion of land, or division of territory; originally, a portion of territory on a border; also, the inhabitants of a canton.
  2. A small portion or district of territory, constituting a distinct state or government, as in Switzerland.
  3. In heraldry, a corner of the shield.
  4. A distinct part, or division; as, the cantons of a painting or other representation. – Burnet.

CAN'TON, v.t. [Sp. acantonar.]

  1. To divide into small parts or districts, as territory; to divide into distinct portions. – Locke. Addison.
  2. To allot separate quarters to each regiment of an army or body of troops. – Marshall. Encyc.

Can"ton
  1. A song or canto

    [Obs.]

    Write loyal cantons of contemned love.
    Shak.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. A small community or clan.
  5. To allot separate quarters to, as to different parts or divisions of an army or body of troops.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Canton

CANTON, noun

1. A small portion of land, or division of territory; originally, a portion of territory on a border; also, the inhabitants of a canton

2. A small portion or district of territory, constituting a distinct state or government; as in Switzerland.

3. In heraldry, a corner of the shield.

4. A distinct part, or division; as the cantons of a painting or other representation.

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