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  1. (noun) An artificial waterway or artificially improved river used for travel, shipping, or irrigation.
  2. (noun) Anatomy A tube, duct, or passageway.
  3. (noun) Astronomy One of the faint, hazy markings resembling straight lines on early telescopic images of the surface of Mars.
  4. (verb-transitive) To dig an artificial waterway through: canal an isthmus.
  5. (verb-transitive) To provide with an artificial waterway or waterways.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Before these impervious forest retreats were thus pierced, they could not have tasted human blood; for ages it must have been unknown to them, even by tradition; and if they taxed all other boats on the canal as they did, ours, a canal share with them must be considerably above par, and highly profitable. - Diary in America, Series One
  2. This canal is actually a main street of the city just as it would be in Venice and was jammed with houses side by side and the houses were jammed with people. - Around the World in 34 Days
  3. An American tourist and writer once said: Usually a canal is a disfigurement, but the Rideau is different: it is a decorative feature and a source of endless entertainment. - Canadian Cities of Romance
  4. If, therefore, we suppose what we call a canal to be, not the canal proper, but the vegetation along its banks, the observed phenomena stand accounted for. - Mars
  5. Cutting through farm fields, forests, and the outskirts of towns, the canal is used mainly by recreational boaters and state barges, and fishermen. - A Hundred Miles on the Erie Canal


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