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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Canal  \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] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  {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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  canal 
  n  1:  (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  conveying  a  secretion  or  other 
  substance  [syn:  {duct},  {channel}] 
  3:  long  and  narrow  strip  of  water  made  for  boats  or  for 
  irrigation 
  v  :  provide  with  a  canal,  as  of  a  city  [syn:  {canalize}] 




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