[ kuh-nal ]
/ k蓹藞n忙l /
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an artificial waterway for navigation, irrigation, etc.
a long narrow arm of the sea penetrating far inland.
a tubular passage or cavity for food, air, etc., especially in an animal or plant; a duct.
channel; watercourse.
Astronomy. one of the long, narrow, dark lines on the surface of the planet Mars, as seen telescopically from the earth.
verb (used with object), ca路nalled or ca路naled, ca路nal路ling or ca路nal路ing.
to make a canal through.
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Origin of canal

First recorded in 1400鈥50; late Middle English: 鈥渨aterpipe, tubular passage,鈥 from Latin can膩lis, perhaps equivalent to can(na) 鈥渞eed, pipe鈥 (see cane) + -膩lis -al1; def. 5 a mistranslation of Italian canali 鈥渃hannels,鈥 the term used by G. V. Schiaparelli
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How to use canal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for canal

/ (k蓹藞n忙l) /

an artificial waterway constructed for navigation, irrigation, water power, etc
any of various tubular passages or ductsthe alimentary canal
any of various elongated intercellular spaces in plants
astronomy any of the indistinct surface features of Mars originally thought to be a network of channels but not seen on close-range photographs. They are caused by an optical illusion in which faint geological features appear to have a geometric structure
verb -nals, -nalling or -nalled or US -nals, -naling or -naled (tr)
to dig a canal through
to provide with a canal or canals

Word Origin for canal

C15 (in the sense: pipe, tube): from Latin can膩lis channel, water pipe, from canna reed, cane 1
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Medical definitions for canal

[ k蓹-n膬l ]

A duct, a channel, or a tubular structure.
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