From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Canal \Ca*nal"\, n. [F. canal, from L. canalis canal, channel;
   prob. from a root signifying "to cut"; cf. D. kanaal, fr. the
   French. Cf. Channel, Kennel gutter.]
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   1. An artificial channel filled with water and designed for
      navigation, or for irrigating land, etc.
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   2. (Anat.) A tube or duct; as, the alimentary canal; the
      semicircular canals of the ear.
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   3. A long and relatively narrow arm of the sea, approximately
      uniform in width; -- used chiefly in proper names; as,
      Portland Canal; Lynn Canal. [Alaska]
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   Canal boat, a boat for use on a canal; esp. one of peculiar
      shape, carrying freight, and drawn by horses walking on
      the towpath beside the canal.

   Canal lock. See Lock.
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