canal

noun
ca·​nal | \ kə-ˈnal How to pronounce canal (audio) \

Definition of canal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tubular anatomical passage or channel : duct
3 : an artificial waterway for navigation or for draining or irrigating land
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

canal

verb
canalled or canaled; canalling or canaling

Definition of canal (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to construct a canal through or across

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Examples of canal in a Sentence

Noun

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

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Lisa Pippin is the executive assistant for White River State Park, which contains about a third of the canal. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "How scooters have changed Indianapolis after 1 year," 11 June 2019 The construction of the bridge was behind schedule and over budget, partly because of a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers north to the edge of a canal, documents have shown. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Survivor of Miami bridge collapse haunted by flashbacks, anxiety attacks," 3 Apr. 2018 This type of cancer, which affects the anal canal (the short tube at the end of your rectum through which poop leaves your body), is less common than cancers that affect the colon or rectum, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Korin Miller, SELF, "‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Marcia Cross Reveals She’s in Recovery After Anal Cancer Treatment," 28 Sep. 2018 The 25-acre forested area is surrounded by a canal that will serve as a barrier separating Alba and her peers from the rest of the island, whose name the foundation is not disclosing. Samantha Drake, chicagotribune.com, "Albino animals are at such risk that people built an island to protect one orangutan," 11 May 2018 After seven months of dating, the pair started looking for a place to live, eventually buying a cozy cottage by a canal not far from Morris' studio. Rachel Torgerson, Cosmopolitan, "This Woman Made Her Closet a Tiny Room For Her Baby, and it’s Gorgeous," 22 Jan. 2018 Dams were built, too, and yet more canals, all in an effort to turn India into a reliably fertile place from which profit could be had. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘Unruly Waters’ and ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics," 4 Jan. 2019 Pierre Gedeon suggests an itinerary with a few nights first in Panama City (for the Casco Antiguo, the Biomuseo, the canal) and then the highlands (coffee plantation, hiking, indigenous tribes). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Ervin-Knott's ruling said that while the Corps and its contractors may be building the canals, the Sewerage & Water Board had signed an agreement that holds the federal government blameless for any property damage. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Judge rejects Sewerage & Water Board motion for new trial in Uptown drainage lawsuit," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of canal

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canal

Noun

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

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The first known use of canal was in the 15th century

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canal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of canal

: 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

noun
ca·​nal | \ kə-ˈnal How to pronounce canal (audio) \

Kids Definition of canal

1 : an artificial waterway for boats or for irrigation of land
2 : a tubelike passage in the body The ear canal leads from the opening of the ear to the eardrum.

canal

noun
ca·​nal | \ kə-ˈnal How to pronounce canal (audio) \

Medical Definition of canal

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

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