canals

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Canal \Ca*nal"\, noun [F. canal, from L. canalis canal, channel; prob. from a root signifying "to cut"; cf. D. kanaal, fr. the French. Cf. {Channel}, {Kennel} gutter.]

1. An artificial channel filled with water and designed for navigation, or for irrigating land, etc.

2. (Anat.) A tube or duct; as, the alimentary canal; the semicircular canals of the ear.

3. A long and relatively narrow arm of the sea, approximately uniform in width; -- used chiefly in proper names; as, Portland Canal; Lynn Canal. [Alaska] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Canal boat}, a boat for use on a canal; esp. one of peculiar shape, carrying freight, and drawn by horses walking on the towpath beside the canal.

{Canal lock}. See {Lock}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

canal

noun

1: (astronomy) an indistinct surface feature of Mars once thought to be a system of channels; they are now believed to be an optical illusion

2: a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; "the tear duct was obstructed"; "the alimentary canal"; "poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs" [syn: {duct}, {epithelial duct}, {canal}, {channel}]

3: long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation

verb

1: provide (a city) with a canal [syn: {canal}, {canalize}, {canalise}]


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