[kan-l-ahyz, kuh-nal-ahyz]
verb (used with object), can·al·ized, can·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make a canal or canals through.
  2. to convert into a canal.
  3. to divide (a stream) into reaches with locks or dams, usually to maintain navigable depths.
  4. to divert into certain channels; give a certain direction to or provide a certain outlet for.
Also especially British, can·al·ise.

Origin of canalize

First recorded in 1850–55; canal + -ize
Related formsun·ca·nal·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for uncanalized



verb (tr)
  1. to provide with or convert into a canal or canals
  2. to give a particular direction to or provide an outlet for; channel
  3. to divide a channel into separate reaches controlled by dams and weirs to aid navigation, control water levels, generate power, etc
Derived Formscanalization or canalisation, noun
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