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cane

 [kān]
an assistive device that provides partial support and balance for ambulation and standing.
 Cane. A and B, adjustable canes. C, quadripod (quad) cane.
adjustable cane a cane whose length can be easily altered.
quadripod cane a cane adapted for increased stability by providing a four-legged rectangular base of support.
tripod cane one similar to a quadripod cane except that its base is triangular with three legs.
white cane a cane used by the visually handicapped to increase awareness of the immediate environment; the white color is a sign to others that the user is blind.

cane

(kān)
n.
A stick used as an aid in walking or carried as an accessory.

can′er n.

cane

Etymology: Ar, qanah, reed
a sturdy wooden or metal shaft or walking stick used to give support and mobility during walking to a person with impaired mobility. A cane should be of an appropriate length to allow a person with an injured leg to walk with it held on the side of the noninjured leg. In walking, the person may rest his or her weight on the cane and the injured leg while moving the unaffected leg forward. To take the next step, the weight is placed on the sound leg while the injured leg and cane are moved forward. The cane should allow 25 degrees of elbow flexion.
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Single and quad-foot canes

cane

(kān)
An assistive device prescribed to provide support during ambulation and transfers for individuals with weakness, instability, pain, or balance loss. It also may be used to unload a lower extremity joint or to partially eliminate weight-bearing. Standard (conventional) canes are made from wood or aluminum and have a variety of hand grip styles. Other styles include tripod canes, quadruped (quad) canes, and walk (“hemi”) canes. Canes should be used on the unaffected (stronger) side of the body.
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Then he turned to the various articles he had left behind him, put the black cravat and blue frock-coat at the bottom of the portmanteau, threw the hat into a dark closet, broke the cane into small bits and flung it in the fire, put on his travelling-cap, and calling his valet, checked with a look the thousand questions he was ready to ask, paid his bill, sprang into his carriage, which was ready, learned at Lyons that Bonaparte had entered Grenoble, and in the midst of the tumult which prevailed along the road, at length reached Marseilles, a prey to all the hopes and fears which enter into the heart of man with ambition and its first successes.
Now, Pistache, my good dog, jump the height of this cane for Madame de Montbazon.
on the Christmas cards), with their curly hair and natty hats, their well-shaped legs incased in smalls, their dainty Hessian boots, their ruffling frills, their canes and dangling seals.
Denham looked at her as she sat in her grandfather's arm-chair, drawing her great-uncle's malacca cane smoothly through her fingers, while her background was made up equally of lustrous blue-and-white paint, and crimson books with gilt lines on them.
I heard Benjamin beginning to swing his cane behind him.
cried the ardent Sir Patrick, pointing toward the house with his cane.
One side crushed the cane well, but the other side was too open.
demanded the schoolmaster, administering a cut with the cane to expedite the reply.
On the day of our arrival at the chateau, as soon as he saw us, he put his watch in his pocket and picked up his cane from the ground--a proceeding to which I was perhaps wrong not to attach some importance.
Standing close to the inside edge of the track was a dapper young man with a light switch cane.
If nothing else will do, I mean to cane the ghost out of Jacob Postlethwaite, and if the thing spreads among any of the rest of you, I mean to go a step farther, and cane the ghost out of the whole school.
But in Italy I am Marco Facino Cane, Prince of Varese.