One of the canals in Venice.
An example of a canal is where the floating market in Bangkok takes place.
- an artificial waterway for transportation or irrigation
- a river artificially improved by locks, levees, etc. to permit navigation
- any of the long, narrow lines once perceived to be on the surface of the planet Mars as seen through earth telescopes: at one time thought by some to be actual canals but now known to be optical illusions
- Anat. any of various tubular passages or ducts
Origin of canalME, pipe or tube from Old French from Classical Latin canalis, pipe, groove, channel from canna, reed: see cane
transitive verb-·nalled′ or -·naled′, -·nal′ling or -·nal′ing
- 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 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 .
(third-person singular simple present canals, present participle canaling or canalling, simple past and past participle canaled or canalled)