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Canal appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • A dog, a plan, a canal: pagoda.
  • A maj, a plan, a canal, pajama.
  • A man, a plan, a canal: Panama!
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun canal:


The word canal is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun canal

What does canal mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: canals

  1. (astronomy) an indistinct surface feature of Mars once thought to be a system of channels; they are now believed to be an optical illusion
    • domain: astronomy / uranology
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic word: channel = a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels
  2. a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance
  3. long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: watercourse / waterway = a conduit through which water flows
    • more specific terms:
    • instances:
      • Caledonian Canal = a canal in northern Scotland that links North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean; runs diagonally between Moray Firth at the northeastern end and Loch Linnhe at the southwestern end
      • Caloosahatchee Canal = a canal that connects Lake Okeechobee with the Caloosahatchee River in southern Florida to form part of the Cross-Florida Waterway
      • Grand Canal = an inland waterway 1000 miles long in eastern China
      • Grand Canal = the major waterway in Venice, Italy
      • Cape Cod Canal = a canal connecting Cape Cod Bay with Buzzards Bay
      • Erie Canal = an artificial waterway connecting the Hudson river at Albany with Lake Erie at Buffalo; built in the 19th century
      • New York State Barge Canal = a system of canals crossing New York State and connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and Lake Champlain
    • parts:
      • lock chamber / lock = enclosure consisting of a section of canal that can be closed to control the water level
      • lockage = a system of locks in a canal or waterway

Alternative definition of the noun canal


  1. An artificial waterway, often connecting one body of water with another
  2. A tubular channel within the body.

Definition of the verb canal

What does canal mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: canalled, canalling

  1. provide (a city) with a canal

Alternative definition of the verb canal


  1. To dig an artificial waterway in or to (a place), especially for drainage
  2. To travel along a canal by boat


  1. Canal a.k.a. Canal+ is a French premium cable television channel launched in 1984. It is 100% owned by the Canal+ Group, which in turn is owned by Vivendi SA. The channel broadcasts several kinds of programming, mostly encrypted. Unencrypted programing can be viewed free of charge on Canal+ and on satellite on Canal+ Clair.
  2. Canal a.k.a. Canal+: DTS, Distribuidora de Television Digital, S.A, trading as Canal+, is a Spanish satellite broadcasting company. It was previously known as Digital+.


  1. "Canal" is an artwork by Nina Hamnett.
    • also known as Maida Vale Canal
  2. "Canal" is a photography (albumen print) by Carlo Naya.
    • media: albumen print


"Canal" is a musical EP of Max Duley.

  • released in (14 years ago)


  1. Canal is a station on Line 2 and Line 7 of the Madrid Metro. It is located in fare Zone A.
  2. Canal a.k.a. Canale, Piedmont: Canale is a comune in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 40 kilometres southeast of Turin and about 60 kilometres northeast of Cuneo. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 5,544 and an area of 18.0 square kilometres.

There are other places with in their name, like Bude Canal, Canal Lake, Canal Park, Canal Road, Erie Canal, Gota Canal, Göta Canal, Love Canal, Suez Canal, Canal Flats, Grand Canal, Petit-Canal, Union Canal, Canal Fulton, Canal Grande, Panama Canal, Augusta Canal, Canal du Nord, Corinth Canal.


  1. Canal: Canals and navigations are human-made channels for water. In the vernacular both are referred to as 'canals'. The main difference between them is that a navigation parallels a river and shares its drainage basin, while a canal cuts across a drainage divide.
    • also known as 运河
  2. Canal: In anatomy, a canal is a tubular passage or channel which connects different regions of the body.
  3. Canal: A bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance.

Phrases with Canal

Phrases starting with the word Canal:

  1. canal boat
  2. canal zone
  3. Canal Thistle

Phrases ending with the word Canal:

  1. ear canal
  2. Alar Canal
  3. erie canal
  4. gota canal
  5. root canal
  6. ship canal
  7. suez canal
  8. birth canal
  9. grand canal
  10. Carpal Canal
  11. Neural Canal
  12. panama canal
  13. Radial Canal
  14. spinal canal
  15. auditory canal
  16. cape cod canal
  17. cervical canal

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Canal

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Google previewTextbook of Anatomy Head, Neck, and Brain; (2014)

by Vishram Singh

The vertebral canal is an elongated cavity inside the vertebral column.

The vertebral canal is a collective name given to the whole series of vertebral foramina lying one above the other when the vertebrae are held together in the vertebral ...

Google previewWater Security in India (2014)

Hope, Despair, and the Challenges of Human Development by Vandana Asthana, A. C. Shukla

The Agra Canal is an important irrigation work constructed in 1873 starting from the Okhla Barrage covering Delhi,

Google previewSmall Animal Dental Equipment, Materials and Techniques (2008)

A Primer by Jan Bellows

canal is the part of the pulp cavity within the root. Pulp cavity is the space in a tooth bounded by the dentin, consisting of the pulp chamber and root canal. Pulp chamber is the part of the pulp cavity within the coronal portion of the ...

Google previewThe Mediterranean: Its Storied Cities and Venerable Ruins

by Thomas Gray Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen

But the Grand Canal is the center of its life, commercial and domestic; it leads from its quays to its Exchange, from the Riva degli Schiavoni and the Dogana della...

The Grand Canal is a genealogy of Venice, illustrated and engraved on stone.

Google previewGray's Anatomy for Students (2009)

by Richard Drake, A. Wayne Vogl, Adam W. M. Mitchell

The inguinal canal is the passage through the anterior abdominal wall created by the processus vaginalis.

As a result, the only major structure passing through the inguinal canal is a derivative of the gubernaculum (the round ligament of ...

Google previewThe Pure Cure (2012)

A Complete Guide to Freeing Your Life From Dangerous Toxins by Sharyn Wynters

A root canal is the procedure where a hole is drilled and the pulp of the tooth is removed. The pulp is the tooth's connection with the life forces of the body. It contains nerves, blood vessels, and lymph vessels. Removing the pulp kills the tooth.

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

The pulp canal is that part of the root of a tooth which contains the pulp tissue; it is bounded by dentine. An accessory root canal is a lateral branch of the main root canal usually occurring in the apical third of the tooth root. The mandibular ...

Google previewAnatomy and Human Movement (2013)

Structure and Function by Nigel Palastanga, Derek Field, Roger W. Soames

The inguinal canal is an oblique passage through the anterior abdominal wall, about 4 cm long, which transmits the spermatic cord in the male and the round ligament of the uterus in the female, as well as the ilioinguinal nerve in both ...

Google previewGlobal Warring (2010)

How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map by Cleo Paskal

The Panama Canal is a 101-mile-long chokepoint in the middle of the Americas that connects the Atlantic and Pacific.

If the Northwest Passage becomes easily navigable, the Panama Canal is the route it is most likely to replace, at least ...

Google previewYamada's Textbook of Gastroenterology, 2 Volume Set (2015)

by Daniel K. Podolsky, Michael Camilleri, J. Gregory Fitz, Anthony N. Kalloo, Fergus Shanahan, Timothy C. Wang

The inguinal canal is an oblique channel through the inferomedial anterior abdominal wall, which measures approximately 4 cm long in...

Google previewUnited States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation (1918)

Hearings Before the Committee on Commerce, United States Senate, Sixty-fifth Congress, Second Session, on S. 170, Directing the Committee on Commerce to Investigate All Matters Connected with the Building of Merchant Vessels Under the Direction of the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, and Report Its Findings to the Senate, Together with Its Recommendations Thereon. [Dec. 21, 1917-Apr. 5, 1918] by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce

The next canal is the one to which the Senator has referred, which connected the Erie Canal with the Cayuga and Seneca Lakes, and that is know n as the Cayuga and Seneca Canal. Senator Nelson. There seems to be a branch running ...

Google previewGet ahead! SURGERY 100 EMQs for Finals, Second Edition (2014)

by James Wigley, Saran Shantikumar

The femoral canal is a space just medial to the femoral vein that contains fat, lymph nodes and vessels. It is into this potential space that femoral hernias can protrude. Femoral hernias are the third most common spontaneous hernia, occurring ...

Google previewReading Comprehension, Grade 6 (2015)

by Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Built by the United States, the canal is a waterway that cuts across the Isthmus of Panama. It links the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Prior to the opening of the Panama Canal, ships traveling from one ocean to the other had to sail ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Stewpony and Stourbridge Canal .... Bumble Hole ....... Summit and junction with Birmingham Canal at Autherey Penkridge ....... Heywood ....... 26. Stourbridge.

Google previewDictionary of Optometry and Visual Science (2014)

by Michel Millodot

See canal, hyaloid. Hannover's c. A space about the equator of the crystalline lens made up between the anterior and posterior parts of the zonule of Zinn and containing aqueous humour and zonular fibres (Fig. C1). Sclera Retina Ora serrata ...

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Small photo of Gondola in Venice (Venezia), Italy with a canal bridge.Small photo of Amsterdam, Netherlands - April 19, 2017: Wide canal with typical houses, church, bridge and blue sky in Amsterdam. Famous for its huge cultural activity, graceful canals and bridges.Small photo of Canal view. The amazing network of canals, junctions, locks and tunnels left over from the industrial revolution has a fascination all of its own.Small photo of Canal view. The amazing network of canals, junctions, locks and tunnels left over from the industrial revolution has a fascination all of its own.Small photo of Saul, Gloucestershire, UK - 17th October 2010: Saul Junction where the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal meets the disused Stroudwater Canal. The Stroudwater Canal is the subject of an ongoing restorationSmall photo of Saul, Gloucestershire, UK - 17th October 2010: Saul Junction where the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal meets the disused Stroudwater Canal. The Stroudwater Canal is the subject of an ongoing restorationSmall photo of Canal lifestyle More...

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Quotes about Canal

Baby: an alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other. (Elizabeth Adamson)
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Scrabble value of C3A1N1A1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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