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canal

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noun ca·nal \kə-ˈnal\

Definition of canal

  1. 1 :  a tubular anatomical passage or channel :  duct

  2. 2 :  channel, watercourse

  3. 3 :  an artificial waterway for navigation or for draining or irrigating land

  4. 4 :  any of various faint narrow lines on the planet Mars seen through telescopes and once thought by some to be canals built by Martians

Examples of canal in a Sentence

  1. the Panama Canal opened a much easier and shorter passageway from the Atlantic to the Pacific

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Origin and Etymology of canal

Middle English, from Latin canalis pipe, channel, from canna reed — more at cane


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canal

verb ca·nal

Definition of canal

canalled

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canaled

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canalling

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canaling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to construct a canal through or across

First Known Use of canal

1793

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CANAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of canal for English Language Learners

  • : a long narrow place that is filled with water and was created by people so that boats could pass through it or to supply fields, crops, etc., with water

  • medical : a tube or passageway in the body


CANAL Defined for Kids

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noun ca·nal \kə-ˈnal\

Definition of canal for Students

  1. 1 :  an artificial waterway for boats or for irrigation of land

  2. 2 :  a tubelike passage in the body The ear canal leads from the opening of the ear to the eardrum.

Headscratcher for canal

Canal is part of a famous saying from around the time the Panama Canal was built. The saying is spelled the same forward and backwards. It goes: A man! A plan! A canal! Panama!


Medical Dictionary

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noun ca·nal \kə-ˈnal\

Medical Definition of canal

  1. :  a tubular anatomical passage or channel :  duct—see alimentary canal, haversian canal, inguinal canal



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