Definitions of canal

  1. provide with a canal, as of a city
  2. long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
  3. 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"
  4. ( astronomy) an indistinct surface feature of Mars once thought to be a system of channels; they are now believed to be an optical illusion
  5. An artificial channel filled with water and designed for navigation, or for irrigating land, etc.
  6. A tube or duct; as, the alimentary canal; the semicircular canals of the ear.
  7. A long and relatively narrow arm of the sea, approximately uniform in width; - used chiefly in proper names; as, Portland Canal; Lynn Canal.
  8. A man- made navigable waterway; a tube for the passage of fluids; as, the alimentary canal.
  9. A duct or channel, a tubular structure. See also canalis.
  10. A tubular vessel for conveyance of fluids.
  11. An artificial watercourse for navigation: a duct in the body for any of its fluids.
  12. An artificial inland waterway; a channel, groove, or duct.
  13. An artificial watercourse, specially for the passage of boats; a duct in the body for any of its fluids, & c.; a flute; a groove.
  14. A water- course navigable for boats or ships; an artificial river; in anat., a duct or tube in the body for the passage of fluids.
  15. A duct; a tubular passage formed in or by some tissue; a groove in the hard or soft parts of various animals; a passage or groove found in the tissues of numerous plants.

Usage examples for canal

  1. Not of course anywhere near where the Egyptians are; though I do not know whether that would make much difference, for we should be on one side of the canal and they on the other. – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  2. I expect this canal runs pretty nearly west. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  3. In the winter of 1895 some schoolgirls were sliding on a frozen canal, when one girl twelve years old ventured into the middle. – How Girls Can Help Their Country by Juliette Low Agnes Baden-Powell Robert Baden-Powell
  4. You shall not make your canal because you would lose money by it. – Correspondence & Conversations of Alexis de Tocqueville with Nassau William Senior from 1834 to 1859, Vol. 2 by Alexis de Tocqueville
  5. A search- light was playing on the basin of St. Mark's and on the mouth of the canal. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. Heavy guns were placed on canal boats for Washington; the sick were sent to convalescent camps, and everything that could not be taken was destroyed. – Campaign of the Fourteenth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers by J. Newton Terrill
  7. We reached the end of the canal about three o'clock of the afternoon, and dropped anchor off the low- lying shores. – African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White
  8. It is much the better plan to return from the commencement of the Cannes Canal to St. Cesaire, and drive back to Grasse. – The South of France--East Half by Charles Bertram Black
  9. There are some who remember the first visit of the Queen and Prince Consort to Manchester in 1851. The Royal party then proceeded along the canal to Worsley from Patricroft, where the wonderful engineering works of James Nasmyth were inspected. – Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888 by Edward VII
  10. I wish I had any advice worth offering; but it is my hour for a short service down at the canal, and I can't keep my poor bargees waiting. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  11. During my residence at Geneva, she made a journey into Chablais, and came to see me at Grange- canal. – The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Book VIII. by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  12. " There is nothing to see," said Lawrence, " but the banks of the canal." – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  13. Now that canal has to be protected- I mean against the possibility of war. – Tom Swift and his Giant Cannon or, The Longest Shots on Record by Victor Appleton
  14. Well pleased I looked at the canal behind us, and thought it had never seemed so fair, especially as there was not a single boat coming our way. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  15. Julia was digging a canal through the flower bed a dozen steps away. – Sunny Slopes by Ethel Hueston
  16. She looked everywhere, and at last, recalling her dream, dashed into the garden by the canal, where she had seen him in her sleep. – Old-Time Stories by Charles Perrault
  17. The lights of the canal faded, the orchards sank into darkness, and when the bride and bridegroom reached the station on the Canadian side the bride's pleasure had become dismay. – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  18. Thus one more source of trouble was done away with, and the first obstacle in the way of the canal was removed. – The Path of Empire A Chronicle of the United States as a World Power, Volume 46 in The Chronicles of America Series by Carl Russell Fish
  19. As I entered my room, the moon was rising behind the Salute, throwing its light across the Canal on to the walls of the palaces opposite. – The World Decision by Robert Herrick
  20. The Mungana shook his head and began to enter the canal. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard