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Meaning of CANAL

Pronunciation:  ku'nal

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [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
  4. [v]  provide with a canal, as of a city

CANAL is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: canalise, canalize, channel, duct, epithelial duct
 See Also: alimentary canal, alimentary tract, ampulla, aqueductus cerebri, bile duct, bronchiole, canal of Schlemm, canaliculus, canalis cervicis uteri, canalis inguinalis, canalis vertebralis, cartilaginous tube, cerebral aqueduct, cervical canal, channel, common bile duct, conduit, cut, digestive tract, digestive tube, ductule, ductulus, ductus deferens, ejaculatory duct, epididymis, Erie Canal, furnish, gastrointestinal tract, GI tract, Haversian canal, hepatic duct, industrial watercourse, inguinal canal, lachrymal duct, lacrimal duct, lactiferous duct, lock, lock chamber, lockage, lymph vessel, lymphatic vessel, nasolacrimal duct, New York State Barge Canal, pancreatic duct, passage, passageway, pore, provide, race, raceway, render, salivary duct, Schlemm's canal, seminal duct, ship canal, shipway, sinus, sinus venosus sclerae, spinal canal, supply, Sylvian aqueduct, tear duct, umbilical cord, ureter, urethra, vagina, vas deferens, venous sinus, vertebral canal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    {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}.
  2. \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]
Thesaurus Terms
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