Meaning of canton

can•ton

Pronunciation: (kan'tn, -ton, kan-ton' for 1–7 kan-ton', -tōn'&wdspcor,esp. Brit.,-t&oomacrn' for 8), [key]
— n.
  1. a small territorial district, esp. one of the states of the Swiss confederation.
  2. (in a department of France) a division of an arrondissement.
  3. a square area in the dexter chief, or right-hand corner, of an escutcheon, often distinctively treated: a diminutive of the dexter chief quarter.
  4. a pilaster or similar feature projecting from the corner of a building.
  5. a division, part, or portion of anything.
—v.t.
  1. to divide into parts or portions.
  2. to divide into cantons or territorial districts.
  3. to allot quarters to (soldiers, troops, etc.).

Can•ton

Pronunciation: (kan-ton', kan'ton for 1 kan'tn for 2–5), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calleda seaport in and the capital of Guangdong province, in SE China, on the Zhu Jiang. 3,000,000.
  2. a city in NE Ohio: location of the football Hall of Fame. 94,730.
  3. a city in E Massachusetts. 18,182.
  4. a city in W central Illinois. 14,626.
  5. a town in central Mississippi. 11,116.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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