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“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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canal noun [ C ] (TUBE IN BODY)

specialized medical a narrow tube through which air, fluid, or other substances can pass:

The alimentary canal is the path by which food enters the body, and solid waste is passed out.

(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)