canton

Part of speech: verb

To divide intocantons.

Part of speech: verb

To assign to or enter into quarters.

Part of speech: noun

A district, as of the Swiss confederation.

Part of speech: noun

The part of a flag next the staff.

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Usage examples "canton":

  1. When he did come, Sarah Maitland used to look about the dining- room table, with its thick earthenware dishes- the last of the old Canton service had found its way to the ash- barrel; she used to glance at the three young people with warm satisfaction. - "The Iron Woman", Margaret Deland.
  2. Our case at Canton is pretty nearly the same as that of the two Chinese missionaries. - "Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton", John Barrow.
  3. On one of these festivals at Canton, an almost total eclipse of the moon called out the entire population, each one carrying something with which to make a noise, kettles, pans, sticks, drums, gongs, guns, crackers, and what not to frighten away the dragon of the sky from his hideous feast. - "Moon Lore", Timothy Harley.