From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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canalca‧nal /kəˈnæl/ ●●○ noun [countable] TTWa long passage dug into the ground and filled with water, either for boats to travel along, or to take water to a place We walked along by the side of the canal. the Panama Canalby canal The goods were transported by canal to London.
Examples from the Corpus
canalOcker Hill Power Station with two prominent chimneys, a sewage works and a canal surface with oil and floating debris.The passageway to the cordoned-off Alsbach canal was wet and dark, and I was glad to have a flashlight.Sniffing alone or in dangerous places, such as railway embankments and by canals, can be more risky.The little sketch of Crinan Canal shows the halting-place where passengers wait to re-embark on board the canal boat.Many of them followed only one stock, in rails, or canals, or petroleum, or banks.Today, the National Park Service offers boat tours along the canals, narrow quiet canyons between imperious five-story brick buildings.Most argued that the canals were optical illusions, and that Mars was a cold, waterless, radiation-baked world.
Origin canal (1400-1500) Latin canalis pipe, channel, from canna; CANE1