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English Dictionary: canal by the DICT Development Group
3 results for canal
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. (astronomy) an indistinct surface feature of Mars once thought to be a system of channels; they are now believed to be an optical illusion
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): duct, epithelial duct, canal, channel
  3. long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
  1. provide (a city) with a canal [syn: canal, canalize, canalise]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Canal \Ca*nal"\, n.
      A long and relatively narrow arm of the sea, approximately
      uniform in width; -- used chiefly in proper names; as,
      Portland Canal; Lynn Canal. [Alaska]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Canal \Ca*nal"\, n. [F. canal, from L. canalis canal, channel;
      prob. from a root signifying [bd]to cut[b8]; cf. D. kanaal,
      fr. the French. Cf. {Channel}, {Kennel} gutter.]
      1. An artificial channel filled with water and designed for
            navigation, or for irrigating land, etc.
      2. (Anat.) A tube or duct; as, the alimentary canal; the
            semicircular canals of the ear.
      {Canal boat}, a boat for use on a canal; esp. one of peculiar
            shape, carrying freight, and drawn by horses walking on
            the towpath beside the canal.
      {Canal lock}. See {Lock}.
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