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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
the forest canopy (=the area at the top of the trees)
▪ He could see the sky through the gaps in the forest canopy.
▪ Gibbons communicate and hold territories by means of loud hooting voices that carry through and over the forest canopy.
▪ As the arms race wore on, the average height of trees in the forest canopy went up.
▪ Voice over Charles will be flying just forty feet above the rain forest canopy, at night.
▪ They live mostly on the forest canopy and have white fur crash helmets with black faces and black ears peeping out.
▪ Keols, invisible in the forest canopy, were calling to each other in their incessant woody voices.
▪ We want to get an idea of what's going on in the rain forest canopy.
▪ Second, in the forest canopy it was no longer an advantage to live in large groups.
▪ This takes place mainly up in the forest canopy, and so is almost impossible to film from the ground.
▪ a canopy over the patio
▪ The tops of the trees in the rain forest are called the canopy.
▪ In the tipping, he saw the headlights of a car pulling up under the canopy out front.
▪ It was cool under the canopy and there was less light than Rostov had expected.
▪ Once a week or so accordion music sounds will make feet itch under a canopy of stars in the tiny village square.
▪ One sensed that the canopy had been wasted slowly by the powers of fungus and leaf mould.
▪ Powers popped his canopy, loosened his harness and was ejected by the centrifugal force.
▪ The road was overhung with a pretty dense canopy.
▪ This model of the canopy consists of a number of infinitely extended horizontal canopy layers.
▪ Underneath the tree canopy of luminescent green there are flowers everywhere.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Canopy \Can"o*py\ (k[a^]n"[-o]*p[y^]), n.; pl. Canopies (-p[i^]z). [OE. canapie, F. canap['e] sofa, OF. conop['e]e, conopeu, conopieu, canopy, vail, pavilion (cf. It. canop[`e] canopy, sofa), LL. conopeum a bed with mosquito curtains, fr. Gr. kwnwpei^on, fr. kw`nwps gnat, kw`nos cone + 'w`ps face. See Cone, and Optic.]

  1. A covering fixed over a bed, dais, or the like, or carried on poles over an exalted personage or a sacred object, etc. chiefly as a mark of honor. ``Golden canopies and beds of state.''

  2. (Arch.)

    1. An ornamental projection, over a door, window, niche, etc.

    2. Also, a rooflike covering, supported on pillars over an altar, a statue, a fountain, etc.


Canopy \Can"o*py\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Canopes; p. pr. & vb. n. Canopying.] To cover with, or as with, a canopy. ``A bank with ivy canopied.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French conope "bed-curtain" (Modern French canapé), from Medieval Latin canopeum, dissimilated from Latin conopeum, from Greek konopeion "Egyptian couch with mosquito curtains," from konops "mosquito, gnat," which is of unknown origin. The same word (canape) in French, Spanish, and Portuguese now means "sofa, couch." Italian canape is a French loan word.


c.1600, from canopy (n.). Related: Canopied; canopying.


n. 1 A high cover providing shelter, such as a cloth supported above an object, particularly over a bed. 2 Any overhanging or projecting roof structure, typically over entrances or doors. 3 The zone of the highest foliage and branches of a forest. 4 In an airplane, the transparent cockpit cover. 5 In a parachute, the cloth that fills with air and thus limits the falling speed. vb. 1 To cover with or as if with a canopy. 2 To go through the canopy of a forest on a zipline.

  1. n. the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit

  2. the umbrella-like part of a parachute that fills with air

  3. a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather

  4. v. cover with a canopy

  5. [also: canopied]

Canopy (film)

Canopy is a 2013 Australian/ Singaporean psychological suspense war film, written and directed by Aaron Wilson and starring Khan Chittenden and Mo Tzu-yi. Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Singapore in World War II, the film is nearly wordless.


Canopy may refer to:

  • Canopy (aircraft), transparent enclosure over aircraft cockpit
  • Canopy (biology), aboveground portion of plant community or crop (including forests)
  • Canopy (building), overhead roof or structure that provides shade or other shelter
  • Canopy (film), a 2013 Australian war film
  • Canopy (grape), aboveground portion of grapevine
  • Canopy (hotel), a brand within the corporate structure of Hilton Worldwide
  • Canopy (parachute), cloth and suspension line portion of parachute
  • Canopy Group, U.S. investment firm
  • Canopy of state, cloth or permanent architectural feature that hangs over altar or throne as symbol of authority
  • Camper shell, raised, rigid covering for the rear bed of a pickup truck
  • Chuppah, canopy used in Jewish wedding ceremonies
  • Honda Canopy, three-wheeled automobile from Honda
  • Motorola Canopy, wireless broadband solutions
  • OP Canopy, Canadian Forces Operation
  • Umbraculum', canopy awarded by pope to basilicas
  • Vapor canopy, creationist idea that earth was surrounded by a "canopy" of water
  • Vehicle canopy, type of overhead door for vehicle
Canopy (biology)

In biology, the canopy is the aboveground portion of a plant community or crop, formed by the collection of individual plant crowns.

In forest ecology, canopy also refers to the upper layer or habitat zone, formed by mature tree crowns and including other biological organisms ( epiphytes, lianas, arboreal animals, etc.).

Sometimes the term canopy is used to refer to the extent of the outer layer of leaves of an individual tree or group of trees. Shade trees normally have a dense canopy that blocks light from lower growing plants.

Canopy (building)

A canopy is an overhead roof or else a structure over which a fabric or metal covering is attached, able to provide shade or shelter from weather conditions such as sun, hail, snow and rain. A canopy can also be a tent, generally without a floor. The word comes from the Ancient Greekκωνώπειον (konópeion, "cover to keep insects off"), from κώνωψ (kónops, "cone-face"), which is a bahuvrihi compound meaning " mosquito". The first 'o' changing into 'a' may be due to influence from the place name Canopus, Egypt thought of as a place of luxuries.

Architectural canopies include projections giving protection from the weather, or merely decoration. Such canopies are supported by the building to which they are attached and often also by a ground mounting provided by not less than two stanchions, or upright support posts.

Canopies can also stand alone, such as a fabric covered gazebo or cabana. Fabric canopies can meet various design needs. Many modern fabrics are long-lasting, bright, easily cleaned, strong and flame-retardant. This material can be vinyl, acrylic, polyester or canvas. Modern frame materials offer high strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance. The proper combination of these properties can result in safe, strong, economical and attractive products.

Canopy (parachute)

The term Canopy is used by skydivers or parachutists to describe the actual parachute itself, as opposed to the parachute system as a whole. Where the general public would refer to a parachute as a whole unit, actual users would call it a parachute system or rig as each system can be a combination of a different main canopies, reserve canopies, and container systems depending on the intended use.

Canopies are in general sold by manufacturers with their own specific line set as line lengths (Trim) and line type are an important aspect of the performance of each canopy design.

For more information on types see Parachute and Parafoil.


Canopy (grape)

In viticulture, the canopy of a grapevine includes the parts of the vine visible aboveground - the trunk, cordon, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit. The canopy plays a key role in light energy capture via photosynthesis, water use as regulated by transpiration, and microclimate of ripening grapes. Canopy management is an important aspect of viticulture due to its effect on grape yields, quality, vigor, and the prevention of grape diseases. Various viticulture problems, such as uneven grape ripening, sunburn, and frost damage, can be addressed by skillful canopy management. In addition to pruning and leaf trim, the canopy is often trained on trellis systems to guide its growth and assist in access for ongoing management and harvest.

Usage examples of "canopy".

Further they are skilled with primitive weapons and have constructed an aesthetically spectacular village that clings to the cliffsides of a gorge, protected from the elements by shell-like canopies.

Sea and sky chased one another across the curve of his canopy, and then he cut in his afterburner and the kick slammed his seat into his back with pile driver force.

The fire had burned to coals and he lay looking up at the stars in their places and the hot belt of matter that ran the chord of the dark vault overhead and he put his hands on the ground at either side of him and pressed them against the earth and in that coldly burning canopy of black he slowly turned dead center to the world, all of it taut and trembling and moving enormous and alive under his hands.

The artwork is classic Americana, the rugs handwoven, and the canopy on the bed 249 With a clipped growl, she crushed the sheet in her -hand and sent it after the others.

And reports were just coming in from overhead imagery that the transports had unloaded the ZIL-85 antiair defense systems vehicles and that they were already being dispersed about the island, hidden under the canopy of trees in the interior.

Its hand-carved posts were topped with a white canopy, and the bed was covered with aspread of quilted satin.

I followed the weave of limbs up high in the tree until I was forced to climb, not walk, and found a spot where I could sit astraddle of one of the branches close to the edge of the canopy, and there I waited until first light.

Violet Bathurst, lying in my arms under the silver and turquoise canopy of my bed, that I confessed my misery at my failure with art.

Sylvo, swung the mighty bronze axe in his right hand and looked to where Beata sat on a wooden throne beneath a canopy.

With the gloom of the overhead canopy, and the sudden shafts of light breaking through like spotlights in the bloodred ambience, it was like walking through some vast, living cathedral.

The pink stucco hotel in the middle of the main drag had a big canopied patio out front and a discreet sign that said CASA DEL PONIENTE, Three valet carhops stood alertly outside in black vests and white shirts waiting to do anything you told them to do.

Their canopies filled with air, hands on their steering toggles, the jumpers descended at an initial rate of about eighteen feet per second, passing through a high layer of cirrocumulus clouds composed of supercooled water and ice.

The ship counterrotated with it, making sure that the protective canopy was always pointed precisely in the direction of the line of flight.

A canopy had been erected by the slaves in front of the tent, cushions were carefully arranged on the ground.

The vicinity of the enemy admitted of no relaxation in the strictest watchfulness in the British lines: and the comfortless night of the seventeenth was passed by the earl, and his Lieutenant Colonel, George Denbigh, on the same cloak, and under the open canopy of Heaven.