from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, a walking-stick made of some variety of cane; hence, in common use, a walking-stick of any sort. See cane.


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  • He was hatless and dishevelled, his collar was torn open, he grasped a bone-handled walking-cane near the ferrule end, and his mouth was pulled awry.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • Had a person followed Louis when he withdrew, that watcher would have discovered, on peeping through the key-hole of his door, that he was engaged in one of the oddest of occupations for such a man, — sweeping down from the ceiling, by means of a walking-cane, a long cobweb which lingered on high in the corner.

    Two on a Tower

  • Another was waving her walking-cane wildly in the air, causing those in the vicinity to duck.

    Fleshmarket Close

  • And, as he spoke, he indicated with his walking-cane the course he desired her to take.

    The Evil Guest

  • We both agreed that if I had not given him that rather smart tap of my walking-cane, he would have beheaded half the inmates of the Belle Étoile.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant

  • The detective, leaning elegantly on his walking-cane, continued to scrutinise the shop.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • He could hit a walking-cane at fifteen yards, at the word.

    Wylder's Hand

  • He walked on, however, without quickening his pace, waving very slightly from side to side his ebony walking-cane — thin as a pencil — as if it were a wand to beckon away the unseen things that haunt the darkness; and now he came upon the wider plateau, from which, the close copse receding, admitted something more of the light, faint as it was, that lingered in the heavens.

    Wylder's Hand

  • Yes; it was selfish — and hating selfishness — he would have struck the sun out of the sky that morning with his walking-cane, if he could, and draped the world in black.

    Wylder's Hand

  • Rebus turned and found himself confronting a statue of Sir Walter Scott, seated with his feet crossed and a walking-cane held between his open knees.

    Mortal Causes


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