(astronomy) an indistinct surface feature of Mars once thought to be a system of channels; they are now believed to be an optical illusion
duct, epithelial duct, canal, channel(noun)
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"
long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
canal, canalize, canalise(verb)
provide (a city) with a canal
An artificial waterway, often connecting one body of water with another
A tubular channel within the body.
To dig an artificial waterway in or to (a place), especially for drainage
To travel along a canal by boat
Origin: From canalis.
an artificial channel filled with water and designed for navigation, or for irrigating land, etc
a tube or duct; as, the alimentary canal; the semicircular canals of the ear
Origin: [F. canal, from L. canalis canal, channel; prob. from a root signifying to cut; cf. D. kanaal, fr. the French. Cf. Channel, Kennel gutter.]
Canals are man-made channels for water. There are two types of canal: ⁕Waterways: navigable transportation canals used for carrying ships and boats shipping goods and conveying people, further subdivided into two kinds: ⁕Those connected to existing lakes, rivers, or oceans. Included are inter-basin canals, such as the Suez Canal, Erie Canal, and the Panama Canal. ⁕Those connected in a city network: such as the Canal Grande and others of Venice Italy; the gracht of Amsterdam, and the waterways of Bangkok. ⁕Aqueducts: water supply canals that are used for the conveyance and delivery of potable water for human consumption, municipal uses, and agriculture irrigation. Rills and acequias are small versions.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kan-al′, n. an artificial watercourse for navigation: a duct in the body for any of its fluids.—n. Canal′-boat, a boat for canal traffic.—adjs. Canalic′ular, canal-shaped; Canalic′ulate, -d, channelled, grooved.—ns. Canalic′ulus (anat.), a small furrow or channel; Canalisā′tion, the construction of canals.—v.t. Canal′ise, to make a canal through: to convert into a canal. [L. canalis, a water-pipe.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Canal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4178
Rank popularity for the word 'Canal' in Nouns Frequency: #1508
The numerical value of Canal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Canal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Baby: an alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other.
There is nothing more amusing to Venetians than watching tourists who think the Grand Canal is all there is to Venice.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
In the Suez Canal what we've seen consistently despite unrest that has occurred in Egypt ... (is) a Suez canal that is secure and properly administered.
I got ahead of it on being born in the Canal Zone when I was running in 2008, i said, 'Look, there is a precedent set: Barry Goldwater ran for president; was born in Arizona when it was a territory.' The Panama Canal was a territory of the United States of America.
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Translations for Canal
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- canalCatalan, Valencian
- průplav, kanálek, kanálCzech
- کانال, آبراهPersian
- canàl, sruth-chlaisScottish Gaelic
- canle, canalGalician
- kanaal, vaart, grachtDutch
- kanalNorwegian Nynorsk
- kanał, przewódPolish
- kanal, каналSerbo-Croatian
- kanálok, kanál, prieplavSlovak
- قانلاUyghur, Uighur
- kênh đàoVietnamese
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