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Definition of "canalize" []

  • To furnish with or convert into a canal or canals. (verb-transitive)
  • To provide an outlet for; channel. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "canalize" in a sentence
  • ""canalize" the waterways that the canal had originally avoided: The Mohawk, Oswego, Seneca and Clyde rivers and Oneida Lake."
  • "He agreed that the first option was out of the question, and accepted the moves to “canalize” the revolutionary upheaval and ask for an end to the fighting.22"
  • "The underwater potential has not been evaluated, but it is believed that geological faults canalize water in a disorganized fashion in limestone subsoils such as this."