Definitions for canal
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word canal.
(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, channelnoun
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, canaliseverb
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
Etymology: From canalis.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: canalis, Lat.
The walks and long canals reply. Alexander Pope.
Canals or artificial waterways are waterways or engineered channels built for drainage management (e.g. flood control and irrigation) or for conveyancing water transport vehicles (e.g. water taxi). They carry free, calm surface flow under atmospheric pressure, and can be thought of as artificial rivers. In most cases, a canal has a series of dams and locks that create reservoirs of low speed current flow. These reservoirs are referred to as slack water levels, often just called levels. A canal can be called a navigation canal when it parallels a natural river and shares part of the latter's discharges and drainage basin, and leverages its resources by building dams and locks to increase and lengthen its stretches of slack water levels while staying in its valley. A canal can cut across a drainage divide atop a ridge, generally requiring an external water source above the highest elevation. The best-known example of such a canal is the Panama Canal. Many canals have been built at elevations, above valleys and other waterways. Canals with sources of water at a higher level can deliver water to a destination such as a city where water is needed. The Roman Empire's aqueducts were such water supply canals.
A canal is a man-made waterway constructed for various purposes such as irrigation, water supply, drainage, navigation of vessels, or even for defense. It is specifically designed to connect different bodies of water (like rivers, lakes, or oceans) and allows the transport of goods and people across significant distances. Some canals have locks to manage varying water levels.
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
Etymology: [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.]
A type of channel.
The root canal on my teeth had to be checked thankfully they are healthy.
Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Canal is ranked #22618 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Canal surname appeared 1,135 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Canal.
60.1% or 683 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
32.3% or 367 total occurrences were White.
5.1% or 58 total occurrences were Black.
1.5% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.
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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
No monster vibration, no snake universe hallucinations. Many tiny jeweled violet flowers along the path of a living brook that looked like Blake's illustration for a canal in grassy Eden: huge Pacific watery shore, Orlovsky dancing naked like Shiva long-haired before giant green waves, titanic cliffs that Wordsworth mentioned in his own Sublime, great yellow sun veiled with mist hanging over the planet's oceanic horizon. No harm.
Marriage. It's a hard term to define. Especially for me--I've ducked it like root canal. Still there's no denying the fact that marriage ranks right up there with birth and death as one of the three biggies in the human safari. It's the only one though that we'll celebrate with a conscious awareness. Very few of you remember your arrival and even fewer of you will attend your own funeral.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
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.
Baby: an alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other.
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Translations for canal
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- canalCatalan, Valencian
- kanál, kanálek, průplavCzech
- آبراه, کانالPersian
- sruth-chlais, canàlScottish Gaelic
- canle, canalGalician
- vaart, kanaal, grachtDutch
- kanalNorwegian Nynorsk
- kanał, przewódPolish
- kanal, каналSerbo-Croatian
- prieplav, kanál, kanálokSlovak
- قانلاUyghur, Uighur
- kênh đàoVietnamese
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