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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a canal boat (also a narrow boat British English) (= for use on canals)
▪ We had a holiday on a canal boat in France.
alimentary canal
canal boat
root canal
▪ root canal treatmenttreatment in which a dentist removes a diseased area in the root of a tooth
▪ Greenaway colour codes the rooms of the restaurant, which mirror food's route through the alimentary canal.
▪ Presented with a diagram of the alimentary canal, he tended to marvel at its artistry rather than study its efficiency.
▪ The heart slows, the alimentary canal and the bladder constrict.
▪ Experimental evidence also exists for the presence of axon reflexes in the alimentary canal.
▪ Competition Narrow canals suffered most from rail competition; where they ran through towns there was often little physical space for expansion.
▪ After World War 1 motor lorries took away a great deal of the short distance carrying from the narrow canals.
▪ Some carrying on the narrow canals continued until the early 1960s.
▪ Most of her life was spent pushing barges loaded with silt dredged from the narrow canals around Birmingham.
▪ Walking along the canal bank one day we came across a wee lady siting on the banking drawing.
▪ He pedalled along the canal bank quite slowly, keeping his eyes skinned for signs of defunct animal life.
▪ There were lamps along the canal bank now as well; they'd gone up in November.
▪ He slid down from the pill-box and sat in the high grass, half way down the canal bank.
▪ Once they reached the canal bank, however, Robbie had no doubt that she'd done the right thing.
▪ The mills in the background are arranged along the canal bank.
▪ Inset Far Left: A member of a modern piling gang inserts a steel pile to strengthen the canal bank.
▪ The canal bank was totally deserted and he was soon leaning his bike against the mossy mill wall.
▪ A puny midwife fumbles with exploding plaster wombs, plastic foetuses, rubber birth canals and disintegrating umbilical cords.
▪ The mentor assists the dream down the birth canal and out into the light of day.
▪ This has meant that big single babies no longer easily pass through the birth canal.
▪ The skull then is crushed so the fetus can be withdrawn through the birth canal without inducing labor.
▪ She was in the birth canal, her head and ears were covered, she was at peace.
▪ For most purposes the floor of a canal boat may be considered stable, like that of a domestic interior.
▪ Stages and canal boats had been crowded with visitors descending on the twin communities.
▪ When canal boats are taken out of the water for repairs they are winched sideways up a slipway.
▪ Born on a canal boat, she had a brief childhood before learning to lead the mules that pull the boat.
▪ The little sketch of Crinan Canal shows the halting-place where passengers wait to re-embark on board the canal boat.
▪ Early steam engines were not very suitable for powering canal boats because of their large size.
▪ Transport includes canal boats from Village to Olympic centre.
▪ Sometimes the canal companies were bought by the railway companies and the channel converted to take the rail track.
▪ But when he approached the canal company, he met a wall of resistance.
▪ Mole catchers were employed by some canal companies because of the problems which the animal could cause.
▪ They were towed in trains behind canal company tugs.
▪ The Grand Union Canal's reservoir at Ruislip was marketed by the canal company as a leisure amenity in the 1930s.
▪ From Imperial Beach to Oceanside, drainage canals are being cleaned earlier and with extra attention.
▪ The firing from the irrigation canal seemed to have stopped.
▪ The mills of Lancashire were supplied with coal and cotton via the canal network.
▪ Now Stroud is likely to be reconnected to the national canal network by the turn of the century.
▪ The focus of the South Eastern canal network was London.
▪ I had a throbbing abscess under a large section of bridgework and root canal work was the next day's projected treat.
▪ He got out of bed on Wednesday morning, feeling the same dread he might feel over an impending root canal.
▪ Herbivores have a large root canal in the teeth, which grow continually throughout life.
▪ Wooden narrow-boats were built throughout the canal system.
▪ Schistosomiasis is prevalent and water hyacinths have spread throughout the canal system.
▪ It would have been enormous fun, she thought wistfully, to help work Water Gypsy up and down the canal system.
▪ The canal system felt the pinch.
▪ Water Supply - and the many varied uses A guaranteed supply of water is vital for the canal system.
▪ Voice over There's currently a programme under way to improve the state of the canal towpath.
▪ Two men in pith helmets stood on a canal towpath slapping each other's faces with fish in time to music.
▪ Police are still trying to trace a potential witness seen by a jogger on the canal towpath behind Mr Miles home.
▪ The various different types of pillbox can be seen from the canal towpath.
▪ Wooden narrow-boats were built throughout the canal system.
▪ Setting priorities Land economists questioned whether developers would come running if the city built a canal.
▪ Thus most power stations are built alongside rivers, canals or the sea, while some are also adjacent to coal mines.
▪ Pottery materials continued to be carried on the canal until the 1960s.
▪ After World War 1 motor lorries took away a great deal of the short distance carrying from the narrow canals.
▪ Some carrying on the narrow canals continued until the early 1960s.
▪ A short aqueduct carries the canal over a minor road before the canal dives into a deep cutting.
▪ The Wigwell Aqueduct was built of stone to carry the canal over the River Derwent.
▪ Of the men who actually dug the canals we know less.
▪ It constructs roads, flattens hills, digs canals, builds harbours, employs workers, contracts for services.
▪ Shrimp farmers dig canals to bring salt water to enclosed areas where shrimps are cultured.
▪ The size of the lock chamber restricts the size of boats which can use a particular canal.
▪ After sessions using 20s on canals size 16s look huge, but they're not really.
▪ You could walk into a canal.
▪ There was no breeze, and we were walking by the canals and office-blocks of Carthage.
▪ They walked along the canal until they came to the footbridge.
▪ Many of them followed only one stock, in rails, or canals, or petroleum, or banks.
▪ Most argued that the canals were optical illusions, and that Mars was a cold, waterless, radiation-baked world.
▪ Ocker Hill Power Station with two prominent chimneys, a sewage works and a canal surface with oil and floating debris.
▪ Sniffing alone or in dangerous places, such as railway embankments and by canals, can be more risky.
▪ The little sketch of Crinan Canal shows the halting-place where passengers wait to re-embark on board the canal boat.
▪ The passageway to the cordoned-off Alsbach canal was wet and dark, and I was glad to have a flashlight.
▪ Today, the National Park Service offers boat tours along the canals, narrow quiet canyons between imperious five-story brick buildings.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Canal \Ca*nal"\, n. [F. canal, from L. canalis canal, channel; prob. from a root signifying ``to cut''; 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.

  3. A long and relatively narrow arm of the sea, approximately uniform in width; -- used chiefly in proper names; as, Portland Canal; Lynn Canal. [Alaska]

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from French canal, chanel "water channel, tube, pipe, gutter" (12c.), from Latin canalis "water pipe, groove, channel," noun use of adjective from canna "reed" (see cane (n.)). Originally in English "a pipe for liquid," its sense transferred by 1670s to "artificial waterway."


n. 1 An artificial waterway, often connecting one body of water with another 2 A tubular channel within the body. vb. To dig an artificial waterway in or to (a place), especially for drainage

  1. n. (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" [syn: duct, epithelial duct, channel]

  3. long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation

  4. [also: canalling, canalled]

  1. v. provide (a city) with a canal [syn: canalize, canalise]

  2. [also: canalling, canalled]


Canals and navigations are human-made channels for water conveyance (supply), or to service water transport vehicles. In the vernacular both are referred to as 'canals', and in most cases, the engineered works will have series of dams and locks creating areas of low speed current flow referred to as'' 'slack water levels','' often just called 'levels'.

The main difference between them is that a navigation parallels a river and shares part of its waters, its drainage basin and leverages its resources by building dams and locks to increase and lengthen its long stretches of deep enough slack water levels while staying in its valley. In contrast, a canal cuts across a drainage divide atop a ridge (however humble), generally requiring an external water source above the highest elevation. Many canals have been built at elevations towering over valleys and others water ways crossing far below. Cities need a lot of fresh water and many canals with sources of water at a higher level can deliver water to a destination where there is lack of water. The Roman Empire's Aqueducts were such water supply canals.

Canal (disambiguation)

A canal is a human-made channel for water.

Canal may also refer to:

Canal (anatomy)

In anatomy, a canal (or canalis in Latin) is a tubular passage or channel which connects different regions of the body.

Examples include:

  • Head/Skull
    • Infraorbital canal
    • Alveolar canals
    • Palatovaginal canal
    • Greater palatine canal
    • Incisive canals
    • Mandibular canal
    • Pterygoid canal
    • Semicircular canal
  • Pelvis, abdomen and thigh
    • Adductor canal
    • Femoral canal
    • Inguinal canal
    • Pudendal canal
    • Obturator canal
    • Anal canal
  • Other
    • Spinal canal
Canal (Madrid Metro)

Canal is a station on Line 2 and Line 7 of the Madrid Metro. It is located in fare Zone A.

Usage examples of "canal".

It is generally due to acidity of the alimentary canal, to which the treatment must be directed.

At the Royal Canal bridge, from his hoarding, Mr Eugene Stratton, his blub lips agrin, bade all comers welcome to Pembroke township.

Allemant, Vaudesson, Malmaison, and Chavignon, with 8000 prisoners, were taken on 23 October, and by the 27th the French had captured Pinon, Pargny, and Filain, and pressed through the Pinon forest to the banks of the Ailette and the Oise and Aisne canal.

Then when they crossed the open they came to the Ailette Canal, in which wire entanglements had been placed.

Next morning we proceeded to Turin, and on Wednesday got here, in the middle of the last night of the Congress Carnival -- rowing up the Canal to our Albergo through a dazzling blaze of lights and throng of boats, -- there being, if we are told truly, 50,000 strangers in the city.

As they sailed out into Osiat waters at the western end of the Canal, Alec craned his neck to see the carved tops of the pillars flanking this entrance.

And before she had any time to prepare herself for it, there they stood on the embankment, with the Grand Canal opening resplendently before them in gleaming amorphous blues and greens and olives and silvers, and the tottering palace fronts of marble and inlay leaning over to look at their faces in it, and the mooring poles, top-heavy, striped, lantern-headed, bristling outside the doorways in the cobalt-shadowed water, and the sudden bunches of piles propped together like drunks holding one another up outside an English pub after closing time.

Thick hedges of green briars, interspersed with acacia and wild apricot trees, lined the four canals that still divided the city into quarters.

He was a natural horseman and an excellent shot with bow, arbalest and rifle, and often went off by himself for days at a time, hunting in the high ranges of hills where the Breas ran white and fast through the locks and ponds of the old canal system.

Gustave Duchanel, Algiers atomician, is building dozens of huge canals, through which water from the Mediterranean Sea now flows into the arid Sahara Desert.

The Luftwaffe were already attacking the Suez Canal from bases in the Dodecanese, and they could obviously, if they chose, operate against Syria, especially with airborne troops.

As soon as we had passed the custom-house, the gondoliers began to row with a will along the Giudecca Canal, by which we must pass to go to Fusina or to Mestre, which latter place was really our destination.

Mr Bittering held to the side of the canal, his body cold and his heart pounding slowly.

After Macore and Bly went ashore, the others grew restless, with the bright lights and noise of a massive and living cosmopolitan city crisscrossed with a network of canals and levees.

Macore and Bly went ashore, the others grew restless, with the bright lights and noise of a massive and living cosmopolitan city crisscrossed with a network of canals and levees.