from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A ship canal, about 82 km (51 mi) long, crossing the Isthmus of Panama and connecting the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean. It was begun by the French in 1881, but the project was abandoned in 1889. The United States gained construction rights after Panama declared its independence in 1903, and the canal was opened to traffic on August 15, 1914. A 1977 treaty granted Panama full sovereignty over the canal effective December 31, 1999.

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  • proper noun A major man-made canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a ship canal 40 miles long across the Isthmus of Panama built by the United States (1904-1914)


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