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Meaning & Definition of Canal in English

English

Canal

/kənæl/

noun

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
    synonym:
  • canal

2. A bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance

  • "The tear duct was obstructed"
  • "The alimentary canal"
  • "Poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs"
    synonym:
  • duct
  • ,
  • epithelial duct
  • ,
  • canal
  • ,
  • channel

3. Long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation

    synonym:
  • canal

verb

1. Provide (a city) with a canal

    synonym:
  • canal
  • ,
  • canalize
  • ,
  • canalise

Examples of using

The ear canal sends sound waves to the eardrum.