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.

Synonyms for canopy

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Other top features include an adjustable sunshade canopy, a side pocket to stash your phone, sunglasses, and snacks, and five reclining positions — including fully flat. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 The city’s plan would double tree canopy over the next six years in the city’s areas of highest need—namely low-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately affected by climate change. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 22 Apr. 2022 Under the cool forest canopy, civets, jackals, peacocks and other creatures roam, and muriel bushes release a sweet, heady fragrance. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 And in Palm Springs, fan palms create a shaded canopy alongside a bubbling stream in Indian Canyons, an oases apt for contemplation that’s located on Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians land. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 11 Feb. 2022 City staff said about 10 acres of tree canopy was lost to development, but the bulk of the loss – more than 1,000 acres – was because of the Feb. 15, 2021, ice storm. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 Yess said Lower Price Hill, the home to Oyler, has some of the lowest tree canopy and highest energy costs in the city. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2022 Lane captured the young plantings of elms in landscape portraits, which show how Castine at the time was devoid of a tree canopy after decades of clear-cutting and war. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 In all, the city gained 9,591 acres of canopy, offset by 7,365 acres of loss. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 22 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The village would also attempt to solicit greater public involvement in the maintenance of the tree canopy through a multiyear arrangement with the TreeKeepers program, maintained by Illinois conservation not-for-profit Openlands. Joshua Irvine, chicagotribune.com, 8 Apr. 2022 In 2016, Sia was offered $1 million for a backyard event in St. Barts, for which the host was prepared to build a dance floor and canopy with a clear roof. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2022 Interactive experiences have popped up at airports all over the world, like at Singapore's Jewel at Changi Airport, which features everything from sky nets to a hedge maze and canopy bridge to pass the time before a flight. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 31 Mar. 2022 Cottonwood trees canopy the water and turn golden in the waning fall days. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 Suspended by cables in the tree canopy high above the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the US state of Georgia, this is full of sensors taking readings on everything from temperature, humidity, air quality and carbon dioxide levels. Rebecca Cairns; Video By Dan Tham, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 Suspended by cables in the tree canopy high above the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the US state of Georgia, this SlothBot is full of sensors taking readings on everything from temperature, humidity, air quality and carbon dioxide levels. Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN, 12 July 2021 Suspended by cables in the tree canopy high above the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the US state of Georgia, this SlothBot is full of sensors taking readings on everything from temperature, humidity, air quality and carbon dioxide levels. Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN, 12 July 2021 Suspended by cables in the tree canopy high above the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the US state of Georgia, this SlothBot is full of sensors taking readings on everything from temperature, humidity, air quality and carbon dioxide levels. Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN, 12 July 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canopy. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for canopy

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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