Meaning of “canal” in the English Dictionary

"canal" in British English

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canalnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈnæl/ us /kəˈnæl/

canal noun [ C ] (WATER ROUTE)

B1 a long, thin stretch of water that is artificially made either for boats to travel along or for taking water from one area to another:

The Panama Canal provides a crucial shipping link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

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  • They found the man's body after dragging the canal.
  • They have to dredge the canal regularly to keep it open.
  • She lives in a narrow boat on a canal.
  • We walked along the canal for a couple of miles.
  • In order to turn the deserts into fertile and productive land, engineers built an 800-mile canal.

(Definition of “canal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"canal" in American English

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canalnoun [ C ]

us /kəˈnæl/

a channel of water artificially made for boats to travel through or to carry water from one area to another:

Today, the canal is still used by ships.

(Definition of “canal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)