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

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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 The five tons of cocaine was packaged in smaller containers and hidden among decorative canopy plants in a shipping container at Costa Rica’s Caribbean port of Limon, according to Reuters. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Historic seizure': Costa Rica breaks record with five-ton cocaine bust," 17 Feb. 2020 Instead, focus on watering the area underneath and beyond the tree’s canopy. oregonlive, "How to keep trees well-watered in any season: Ask an expert," 15 Feb. 2020 Zip line among the redwoods in Santa Cruz See the redwoods from another perspective by opting for a zip line adventure at Mount Hermon Adventures' Redwood Canopy Tours, high up in the redwood canopy. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "California redwood road trip: 5 memorable ways to experience the massive trees," 13 Feb. 2020 Maintain Sprinkle granular organic fertilizer around the bases of established fruit trees out to the canopy drip line. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, "Your Essential Winter Gardening To-Do List," 10 Feb. 2020 The video shows off the sedan's canopy roof, front light signature, and side profile. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Lucid Teases Its Upcoming Luxury Electric Sedan in Video," 6 Feb. 2020 People are leaving a bit more canopy, carrying a bigger fruit crop to delay ripening, picking earlier. Washington Post, "Goodbye cabernet sauvignon. How climate change will end wine as we know it.," 31 Jan. 2020 The county canopy is also shrinking faster than the 1% national rate for urban areas. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Where have all the trees gone? Cuyahoga tree canopy shrinks by 6,600 acres; Lakewood hardest hit," 26 Jan. 2020 The understory is a sprawl of ferns and vines and the buttressed roots of trees that rise to form a nearly solid canopy high overhead. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Read an exclusive excerpt of Saint X, the buzzy new novel about a missing teenager," 22 Jan. 2020 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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The first known use of canopy was in the 14th century

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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Canopy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canopy. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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canopy

noun
How to pronounce canopy (audio)

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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