verb (used with object), ca·nalled or ca·naled, ca·nal·ling or ca·nal·ing.
- canal boat,
- canal ray,
- canal zone,
Origin of canal
verb -nals, -nalling or -nalled or US -nals, -naling or -naled (tr)
Word Origin for canal
early 15c., from French canal, chanel "water channel, tube, pipe, gutter" (12c.), from Latin canalis "water pipe, groove, channel," noun use of adjective from canna "reed" (see cane). Originally in English "a pipe for liquid," its sense transferred by 1670s to "artificial waterway."