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canal

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Pronunciation: /kəˈnal
 
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Definition of canal in English:

noun

1An artificial waterway constructed to allow the passage of boats or ships inland or to convey water for irrigation: they travelled on by canal the Oxford Canal
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.
Synonyms
inland waterway, channel, watercourse, waterway;
2A tubular duct in a plant or animal, serving to convey or contain food, liquid, or air: the ear canal
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
3 Astronomy Any of a number of linear markings formerly reported as seen by telescope on the planet Mars.
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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, alteration of chanel 'channel', from Latin canalis 'pipe, groove, channel', from canna 'cane'.

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  • cannon from (Late Middle English):

    This large heavy piece of artillery derives its name from French canon, from Italian cannone ‘large tube’, from canna ‘cane, reed, tube’. Soldiers have been called cannon fodder, no more than material to be used up in war, since the late 19th century—the expression is a translation of German Kanonenfutter. Shakespeare did encapsulate a similar idea much earlier, with his phrase ‘food for powder’ in Henry IV Part 1. Canna or its Greek equivalent kanna is the base of a number of other words in English, as well as giving us the name of the canna lily (mid 17th century), which gets its name from the shape of its leaves. Some reflect the use of the plants for making things, some their hollow stems. Canes (Middle English) are basically the same plant. Canister (Late Middle English) was originally a basket from Latin canistrum ‘basket for bread, fruit, or flowers’, from Greek kanastron ‘wicker basket’, from kanna. Canal (Late Middle English) and channel (Middle English) both come via French from Latin canalis ‘pipe, groove, channel’ from canna, and share a source with the Italian pasta cannelloni (mid 19th century). The medical cannula (late 17th century) was originally a ‘small reed’; a canyon (mid 19th century) is from Spanish cañón ‘tube’ from canna.

Words that rhyme with canal

Al, bacchanal, cabal, Chagall, Chantal, chaparral, gal, grand mal, Guadalcanál, Hal, La Salle, mall, Natal, pal, pall-mall, petit mal, sal, shall, Val

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