- The definition of a canal is a river or man-made channel of water used for transportation.
An example of a canal is where the floating market in Bangkok takes place.
One of the canals in Venice.
- an artificial waterway for transportation or irrigation
- a river artificially improved by locks, levees, etc. to permit navigation
- any of the long, narrow lines, visible from earth, on the planet Mars: once thought by some to be canals but now known to be optical illusions
- Anat. any of various tubular passages or ducts
Origin of canalMiddle English pipe or tube ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin canalis, pipe, groove, channel ; from canna, reed: see cane
- An artificial waterway or artificially improved river used for travel, shipping, or irrigation.
- Anatomy A tube, duct, or passageway.
- Astronomy One of the faint, hazy markings resembling straight lines on early telescopic images of the surface of Mars.
transitive verbca·nalled, ca·nal·ling, ca·nals or ca·naled or ca·nal·ing
- To dig an artificial waterway through: canal an isthmus.
- To provide with an artificial waterway or waterways.
Origin of canalPartly French, channel, and partly Middle English, tube (from Medieval Latin canāle), both from Latin canālis, tube, channel, probably from canna, small reed; see cane.
Llangollen Canal, Wales
(third-person singular simple present canals, present participle canaling or canalling, simple past and past participle canaled or canalled)
From French canal, from Old French canal, from Latin canālis (“channel; canal”), from Latin canālis (“canal”), from canna (“reed, cane”), from Ancient Greek κάννα (kanna, “reed”), from Akkadian (qanû, “reed”), from Sumerian (gi.na).