canopy

noun
can·​o·​py | \ ˈka-nə-pē How to pronounce canopy (audio) \
plural canopies

Definition of canopy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a cloth covering suspended over a bed
b : a cover (as of cloth) fixed or carried above a person of high rank or a sacred object : baldachin A canopy hung over the altar.
c : a protective covering: such as
(1) : the uppermost spreading branchy layer of a forest
(2) : awning, marquee A canopy was erected over the grandstand.
2 : an ornamental rooflike structure
3a : the transparent enclosure over an airplane cockpit
b : the fabric part of a parachute that catches the air

canopy

verb
canopied; canopying

Definition of canopy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with a canopy Tall trees canopied the island.

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Synonyms for canopy

Synonyms: Noun

awning, ceiling, cover, roof, tent

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Examples of canopy in a Sentence

Noun

A canopy hung over the altar. trees line both sides of the garden path, with their foliage forming a leafy canopy for walkers

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aldermen discussed several qualifications that might merit protecting a tree, including size, age, canopy or species. Jennifer Fisher, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston aldermen look to increase protections for trees on private property," 13 Sep. 2019 Fires — both wild and those set by Native Americans — helped preserve the landscape, which the DNR defines as having more than one tree per acre but less than 50% tree canopy coverage. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's biggest bur oak is more than 300 years old, and you can only see it during a special event in October," 12 Sep. 2019 The championships for canopy piloting have athletes competing in categories of speed, distance and accuracy. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati native wins gold at national parachuting competition; will represent USA in Africa," 11 Sep. 2019 In May, damage occurred to both main parachute canopies during a high altitude drop test from 29km. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Europe’s Mars lander parachute problems may be worse than thought," 10 Sep. 2019 This canopy concept, designed by New York architect Sunggi Park, is called Starlit Stratus. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "These Wild Sculptures Could Bring Sustainable Energy to the Desert," 10 Sep. 2019 Make that a two-fer: An ATV ride through the 18-mile expanse of the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area followed by a zipline canopy tour over a 14,000-acre cattle ranch in Santa Margarita. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Central Coast adventure: Zipline tandem, rip through sand dunes," 8 Sep. 2019 From canopy to cove The section of the trail between Boca and Colomitos was the hardest, with some steep climbing and uneven footing, but nothing the average hiker couldn’t handle. Los Angeles Times, "On vacation in Puerto Vallarta? Head south on a jungle path for secluded beaches and pristine views," 7 Sep. 2019 That’s a big reason canopy growth has been relatively measured despite recent planting efforts. Washington Post, "No trees, no shade, no relief in cities as climate heats up," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News Lush cyprus and black willow trees canopy over these swamps. Vaughn Hillyard /, NBC News, "Louisiana fisherman wait for help from Trump administration," 23 June 2018 The lobby is chock full of artful communal spots, including a lounge canopied by a 500-pound, reclaimed wood hand sculpture; a gallery with rotating works; and a Southwestern joint with a 30-foot mural by Denverite Emanuel Martinez. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "12 Incredible Hotels for Art Lovers," 22 Jan. 2018 Inspired by Beckham's very own gardens, the terrace will include groupings of troughs and cubes, and a dramatic archway, canopying the entrance into the restaurant with scented garden roses and white wisteria. Vogue, "Victoria Beckham’s Guide to Summer Gardening," 21 May 2018 Luckily, the Stanley McCormick Memorial Court, affectionately known as the the Art Institute’s South Garden, is an oasis of raised concrete beds, canopying trees and a reflecting pool with water splashing down from its interior fountains. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "6 great outdoor spots to read this summer in Chicago," 21 May 2018 Dangling anime plushies, string lights and vintage flip phones canopy the ceiling. Misty White Sidell | Wwd, latimes.com, "Uncovering Japan’s capital of hidden, indie boutiques," 24 Aug. 2017 The city’s mile-long beach is carpeted by bright towels and canopied by a pageant of umbrellas. Julie Besonen, New York Times, "Asbury Park: Where Art, Grit and Local Spirits Mix," 4 Aug. 2017 Carpeted by wheat fields and canopied by hardwood forests, the 23-square-mile island is easy to navigate, though first-time visitors might appreciate climbing Lookout Tower to get their bearings. Kurt Chandler, chicagotribune.com, "Scandinavian heritage, quirky charm await on winsome Washington Island," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of canopy

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canopy

Noun and Verb

Middle English canope, from Medieval Latin canopeum mosquito net, from Latin conopeum, from Greek kōnōpion, from kōnōps mosquito

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canopy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of canopy

: a piece of cloth that hangs over a bed, throne, etc., as a decoration or shelter
: something that hangs or spreads out over an area
: the highest layer of branches in a forest or on a tree

canopy

noun
can·​o·​py | \ ˈka-nə-pē How to pronounce canopy (audio) \
plural canopies

Kids Definition of canopy

1 : a covering fixed over a bed or throne or carried on poles (as over a person of high rank)
2 : something that hangs over and shades or shelters something else
3 : the uppermost spreading layer of a forest

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