1. Preserved and sealed in a can or jar.
2. Informal Recorded or taped for repeated use, as on television or radio: canned laughter.
a. Used repeatedly with little or no change: a canned speech.
b. Totally unoriginal; devoid of individuality: "Most [soundtrack albums] contain homogenized dance tracks that provide little more than canned excitement" (Boston Globe).
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.