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Cane vs. Crutch — What's the Difference?

Cane vs. Crutch — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Cane and Crutch

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Cane

The hollow jointed stem of a tall grass, especially bamboo or sugar cane, or the stem of a slender palm such as rattan.
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Crutch

A crutch is a mobility aid that transfers weight from the legs to the upper body. It is often used by people who cannot use their legs to support their weight, for reasons ranging from short-term injuries to lifelong disabilities.
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Cane

A length of cane or a slender stick, especially one used as a support for plants, a walking stick, or an instrument of punishment
Tie the shoot to a cane if vertical growth is required
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Crutch

A support used by an injured or disabled person, often in pairs, as an aid to walking, having a vertical shaft that is sometimes forked, a horizontal grip for the hand, and a crosspiece that is positioned under the armpit or a cuff that wraps around the forearm.
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Cane

Beat with a cane as a punishment
Matthew was caned for bullying by the headmaster
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Crutch

Something on which one depends, often excessively
A mnemonic crutch.
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Cane

Take (drink or drugs) in large quantities
The others were probably out caning it in some bar
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Crutch

A forked support or part.
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Cane

A slender, strong but often flexible stem, as of certain bamboos, reeds, or rattans.
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Crutch

A forked leg rest on a sidesaddle.
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Cane

A plant having such a stem.
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Crutch

(Archaic)The crotch of a person or animal.
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Cane

Such stems or strips of such stems used for wickerwork or baskets.
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Crutch

To move using a crutch or crutches.
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Cane

A bamboo (Arundinaria gigantea) native to the southeast United States, having long stiff stems and often forming canebrakes.
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Crutch

To support on a crutch or crutches.
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Cane

The stem of a raspberry, blackberry, certain roses, or similar plants.
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Crutch

A device to assist in motion as a cane, especially one that provides support under the arm to reduce weight on a leg.
He walked on crutches for a month until the cast was removed from his leg.
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Cane

Sugarcane.
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Crutch

Something that supports, often used negatively to indicate that it is not needed and causes an unhealthful dependency; a prop
Alcohol became a crutch to help him through the long nights; eventually it killed him.
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Cane

A stick used as an aid in walking or carried as an accessory.
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Crutch

A crotch; the area of body where the legs fork from the trunk.
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Cane

A rod used for flogging.
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Crutch

A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
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Cane

A glass cylinder made of smaller, variously colored glass rods that have been fused together, used in glassmaking.
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Crutch

(nautical) A knee, or piece of knee timber.
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Cane

To make, supply, or repair with flexible woody material.
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Crutch

(nautical) A forked stanchion or post; a crotch.
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Cane

To hit or beat with a rod.
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Crutch

(heraldry) A type of cross formed from two C-shapes joined back to back.
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Cane

A plant with simple stems, like bamboo or sugar cane, or the stem thereof
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Crutch

(transitive) To support on crutches; to prop up.
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Cane

(uncountable) The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the grass family Gramineae
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Crutch

(intransitive) To move on crutches.
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Cane

(uncountable) The plant itself, including many species in the grass family Gramineae; a reed
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Crutch

(transitive) To shear the hindquarters of a sheep; to dag.
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Cane

(uncountable) Sugar cane
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Crutch

To stir with a crutch.
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Cane

Maize or, rarely, sorghum, when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar
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Crutch

A staff with a crosspiece at the head, to be placed under the arm or shoulder, to support the lame or infirm in walking.
I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the other.
Rhyme is a crutch that lifts the weak alone.
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Cane

The stem of such a plant adapted for use as a tool
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Crutch

A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
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Cane

(countable) A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.
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Crutch

A knee, or piece of knee timber
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Cane

(with "the") Corporal punishment by beating with a cane.
The teacher gave his student the cane for throwing paper.
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Crutch

To support on crutches; to prop up.
Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse.
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Cane

A lance or dart made of cane
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Crutch

A wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
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Cane

A rod-shaped tool or device, somewhat like a cane
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Crutch

Anything that serves as an expedient;
He uses drugs as a psychological crutch
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Cane

(countable) A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick
After breaking his leg, he needed a cane to walk.
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Cane

A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking
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Cane

(countable) A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by vision impaired persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacles in their path
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Cane

(uncountable) Split rattan, as used in wickerwork, basketry and the like
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Cane

A local European measure of length; the canna.
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Cane

To strike or beat with a cane or similar implement
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Cane

To destroy; to comprehensively defeat
Mudchester Rovers were caned 10-0.
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Cane

To do something well, in a competent fashion
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Cane

To produce extreme pain
Don't hit me with that. It really canes!
Mate, my legs cane!
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Cane

(transitive) To make or furnish with cane or rattan.
To cane chairs
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Cane

A name given to several peculiar palms, species of Calamus and Dæmanorops, having very long, smooth flexible stems, commonly called rattans.
Like light canes, that first rise big and brave.
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Cane

A walking stick; a staff; - so called because originally made of one of the species of cane.
Stir the fire with your master's cane.
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Cane

A lance or dart made of cane.
Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraignThe flying skirmish of the darted cane.
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Cane

A local European measure of length. See Canna.
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Cane

To beat with a cane.
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Cane

To make or furnish with cane or rattan; as, to cane chairs.
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Cane

A stick that people can lean on to help them walk
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Cane

A strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane
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Cane

A stiff switch used to hit students as punishment
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Cane

Beat with a cane
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