Definition of Canal

1. Noun. (astronomy) an indistinct surface feature of Mars once thought to be a system of channels; they are now believed to be an optical illusion.

Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology
Generic synonyms: Channel

2. Verb. Provide (a city) with a canal.
Exact synonyms: Canalise, Canalize
Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply
Derivative terms: Canalisation, Canalization, Canalisation, Canalization

3. Noun. A bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance. "Poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs"

4. Noun. Long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation.

Definition of Canal

1. n. An artificial channel filled with water and designed for navigation, or for irrigating land, etc.

2. n. A long and relatively narrow arm of the sea, approximately uniform in width; -- used chiefly in proper names; as, Portland Canal; Lynn Canal.

Definition of Canal

1. Noun. An artificial waterway, often connecting one body of water with another ¹

2. Noun. A tubular channel within the body. ¹

3. Verb. To dig an artificial waterway in or to (a place), especially for drainage ¹

4. Verb. To travel along a canal by boat ¹

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Definition of Canal

1. to dig an artificial waterway through [v -NALLED, -NALLING, -NALS or -NALED, -NALING, -NALS]

Medical Definition of Canal

1. A duct or channel; a tubular structure. A canal or channel. See: canal, duct. Synonym: canalis. Origin: L. Canalis (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Canal

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canal (current term)
canal boat
canal of Guyon
canal of Hering
canal of Hovius
canal of Schlemm
canales alveolares
canales diploici
canales longitudinales modioli
canales palatini minores

Literary usage of Canal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annual Report by New York (State) (1877)
"[The Commissioners of the canal Fund have the superintendence of the Qana. ... [ The canal Commissioners have the general charge of the public works, ..."

2. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1912)
"canal Co. to agree upon sum to be paid In lieu of tolls granted to said со. by ... Special rept. of bd. of canal comrs. on survey and estimates of cost of ..."

3. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1901)
"In view of the incalculable service an interoceanic canal would be to producers of farm staples all over the Pacific Coast, your committee would urge that ..."

4. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1912)
"Congressman Joseph R. Knowland twelve million dollars each it is axiomatic that if the opening of the canal will decrease the number necessary for the ..."

5. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1895)
"The object of the Oder-Spree canal was to supersede the unsatisfactory communication between the two livers afforded by the Müllrose (Friedrich Wilhelms) ..."

6. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1893)
"This canal is situated in front of the mastoid process, and between the posterior and middle roots of the zygoma ; its upper margin is smooth and rounded, ..."

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