- 1An artificial waterway constructed to allow the passage of boats or ships inland or to convey water for irrigation.More example sentences
- Keeping enough water in the canal to guarantee ships passage has become a problem.
- Many canals, inland waterways and towpaths were open for walkers and other visitors while many English Heritage and National Trust sites were open across the region.
- The surrounding countryside is flat and almost treeless, but there is some greenery thanks to the complex of irrigation canals that feed water from the Euphrates River and other waterways.
- 1.1A tubular duct in a plant or animal, serving to convey or contain food, liquid, or air: the ear canalMore example sentences
duct, tube, passage
- Each cord maintains its connection with the abdominal cavity via the canal, whence the vas joins the urinary tract below the bladder.
- Between the vestibular and tympanic canals lies the cochlear duct.
- This canal is the top canal of the inner ear so it is actually right under the brain.
- 1.2 Astronomy Any of a number of linear markings formerly reported as seen by telescope on the planet Mars.[named canali ( 'channels') by G. V. Schiaparelli (1835–1910); the markings are now thought to have arisen from eye or lens defects]More example sentences
- Percival Lowell was convinced that these lines were canals, built by a race of intelligent Martians.
- This controversy continued until the 1960s when spacecraft exploration of the planet showed no evidence of the canals.
- A century ago, the astronomer Percival Lowell described water-filled canals on Mars for the same reason.
late Middle English: from Old French, alteration of chanel 'channel', from Latin canalis 'pipe, groove, channel', from canna 'cane'.