from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In falconry, to turn two or three times on the wing before seizing the prey, as a hawk in stooping, especially when it misses. Also written canceller.
  • Figuratively, to turn aside; digress.
  • n. The turn of a hawk upon the wing to recover itself, after missing in the first stoop. Also written canceller.


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  • Now! now! right over the heron; and now she will _canceleer_ -- turn on her wing, Miss Stanley, as she comes down, whirl round, and balance herself -- _chanceler_.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 10


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