Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of canalizing.
  • n. A system of canals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of canalisation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Construction of, or furnishing with, a canal or canals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The construction of canals, or the establishment of communication by means of canals.
  • n. Specifically The conversion of a natural stream or a chain of lakes or marshes into a continuous canal, suitable for navigation, by means of weirs, barrages, locks, short cuttings, etc, Canalized rivers are common in France; in the United States the Monongahela and Kanawha rivers afford instances. The Suez canal is in part the result of the canalization of natural bodies of water. Also spelled canalisation.
  • n. In neurology, figuratively, the formation or opening of a path of nervous conduction or nervous discharge.
  • n. In surgery, drainage by means of artificially formed channels without the insertion of tubes.

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

  • n. management through specified channels of communication
  • n. the production of a canal or a conversion to canals

Etymologies

canalize +‎ -ation (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • In order that they may be made fully useful for navigation there has come into vogue a method of improvement known as canalization, or the slack-water method, which consists in building a series of dams and locks, each of which will create a long pool of deep navigable water.

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  • In order that they may be made fully useful for navigation there has come into vogue a method of improvement known as canalization, or the slack-water method, which consists in building a series of dams and locks, each of which will create

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  • This means that selection during evolution for environmental or stochastic robustness (also referred to as canalization) may frequently have the side effect of increasing genetic robustness.

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  • Subjection of nature's forces to man, machinery, application of chemistry to industry and agriculture, steam navigation, railways, electric telegraphs, clearing of whole continents for cultivation, canalization or rivers, whole populations conjured out of the ground -- what earlier century had even a presentiment that such productive forces slumbered in the lap of social labor?

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  • This is related to the angle shown in 11.3 and 11.4 facts of evolutionary canalization and the multiple functions of structures.

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  • One in particular is the canalization of the river section separating El Paso from Juarez.

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  • The embankment and canalization have increased the rate of desiccation of the lakes in the delta as well as resulting in the drying up of the depressions between the dunes in Letea Forest, where the water table has dropped by 50 to 60 centimeters (cm) below summer levels.

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  • The energies have to be either expressed in a harmless way or better and whenever possible—utilized for constructive ends, through canalization, transformation and sublimation.

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  • Innateness is canalization: In defense of a developmental account of innateness.

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