- 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.
canal definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English pipe or tube ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin canalis, pipe, groove, channel ; from canna, reed: see cane
canal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- To dig an artificial waterway through: canal an isthmus.
- To provide with an artificial waterway or waterways.
Origin: Partly French, channel, and partly Middle English, tube (from Medieval Latin canāle), both from Latin canālis, tube, channel, probably from canna, small reed; see cane.
canal - Medical Definition