canalise

canalize

[kan-l-ahyz, kuh-nal-ahyz]
verb (used with object), canalized, canalizing.
1.
to make a canal or canals through.
2.
to convert into a canal.
3.
to divide (a stream) into reaches with locks or dams, usually to maintain navigable depths.
4.
to divert into certain channels; give a certain direction to or provide a certain outlet for.
Also, especially British, canalise.


Origin:
1850–55; canal + -ize

uncanalized, adjective
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canalize or canalise (ˈkænəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to provide with or convert into a canal or canals
2.  to give a particular direction to or provide an outlet for; channel
3.  to divide a channel into separate reaches controlled by dams and weirs to aid navigation, control water levels, generate power, etc
 
canalise or canalise
 
vb
 
canali'zation or canalise
 
n
 
canali'sation or canalise
 
n

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