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canal British & World English

An artificial waterway constructed to allow the passage of boats or ships inland or to convey water for irrigation

canal English Thesaurus

brightly painted barges chugged up the canal

birth canal British & World English

The passageway from the womb through the cervix, the vagina, and the vulva through which a fetus passes during birth

canal boat British & World English

A long, narrow boat used on canals

Canal Zone British & World English

See Panama Canal.

Erie Canal British & World English

A historic canal that connects the Hudson River at Albany in eastern New York with the Niagara River and the Great Lakes. Opened in 1825, it spurred the growth of New York City. Today it is chiefly recreational

Grand Canal British & World English

A series of waterways in eastern China, extending from Beijing southwards to Hangzhou, a distance of 1,700 km (1,060 miles). Its original purpose was to transport rice from the river valleys to the cities. Its construction proceeded in stages between 486 bc and ad 1327

Kiel Canal British & World English

A man-made waterway, 98 km (61 miles) in length, in NW Germany, running westwards from Kiel to Brunsbüttel at the mouth of the Elbe. It connects the North Sea with the Baltic and was constructed in 1895 to provide the German navy with a shorter route between these two seas

Love Canal British & World English

A section of Niagara Falls in New York that was evacuated after 1970s exposure that chemical wastes were buried in its residential neighborhood. It has been partially reoccupied

root canal British & World English

The pulp-filled cavity in the root of a tooth

ship canal British & World English

A canal wide and deep enough for ships to travel along it

Suez Canal British & World English

A shipping canal connecting the Mediterranean at Port Said with the Red Sea. It was constructed between 1859 and 1869 by Ferdinand de Lesseps. From 1888 it was a neutral zone under British protection; its nationalization by Egypt in 1956 prompted the Suez crisis

Corinth Canal British & World English

A man-made shipping channel across the narrowest part of the Isthmus of Corinth (a distance of 6.4 km, or 4 miles). Opened in 1893, it links the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf

Panama Canal British & World English

A canal about 80 km (50 miles) long, across the Isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Its construction, begun by Ferdinand de Lesseps in 1881 but abandoned in 1889, was completed by the US between 1904 and 1914. Control of the canal remained with the US until 1999, at which date it was ceded to Panama

Rideau Canal British & World English

A waterway in eastern Ontario in Canada, created in the 1820s, that links Ottawa and the Ottawa River with Kingston and Lake Ontario

spinal canal British & World English

A cavity which runs successively through each of the vertebrae and encloses the spinal cord

Welland Canal British & World English

A canal in southern Canada, 42 km (26 miles) long, linking Lake Erie with Lake Ontario, bypassing Niagara Falls and forming part of the St Lawrence Seaway

Haversian canal British & World English

Any of the minute tubes which form a network in bone and contain blood vessels

Rajasthan Canal British & World English

Former name for Indira Gandhi Canal.

alimentary canal British & World English

The whole passage along which food passes through the body from mouth to anus during digestion

Caledonian Canal British & World English

A system of lochs and canals crossing Scotland from Inverness on the east coast to Fort William on the west

Mittelland Canal British & World English

A canal in NW Germany, which was constructed between 1905 and 1930. It is part of an inland waterway network linking the Rivers Rhine and Elbe

Indira Gandhi Canal British & World English

A massive canal in NW India, bringing water to the Thar Desert of Rajasthan from the Harike Barrage on the Sutlej River. The canal, which is 650 km (406 miles) long, was completed in 1986

Manchester Ship Canal British & World English

A waterway in NW England, which links Manchester with the estuary of the River Mersey and the Irish Sea. Opened in 1894, it is 57 km (36 miles) long

semicircular canals British & World English

Three fluid-filled bony channels in the inner ear. They are situated at right angles to each other and provide information about orientation to the brain to help maintain balance

Welland Ship Canal in Welland Canal British & World English

A canal in southern Canada, 42 km (26 miles) long, linking Lake Erie with Lake Ontario, bypassing Niagara Falls and forming part of the St Lawrence Seaway

Giovanni Antonio Canal in Canaletto British & World English

(1697–1768), Italian painter; born Giovanni Antonio Canal. He is famous for his paintings of Venetian festivals and scenery