Definitions

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

  • n. A covering, usually of cloth, suspended over a throne or bed or held aloft on poles above an eminent person or a sacred object.
  • n. Architecture An ornamental rooflike projection over a niche, altar, or tomb.
  • n. A protective rooflike covering, often of canvas, mounted on a frame over a walkway or door.
  • n. A high overarching covering, such as the sky: "I just look up at the stars and let the vastness of that black and twinkling canopy fill my soul” ( Margaret Mason).
  • n. The uppermost layer in a forest, formed by the crowns of the trees. Also called crown canopy.
  • n. The transparent enclosure over the cockpit of an aircraft.
  • n. The part of a parachute that opens up to catch the air.
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with a canopy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A high cover providing shelter, such as a cloth supported above an object, particularly over a bed.
  • n. Any overhanging or projecting roof structure, typically over entrances or doors.
  • n. The zone of the highest foliage and branches of a forest.
  • n. In an airplane, the transparent cockpit cover.
  • n. In a parachute, the cloth that fills with air and thus limits the falling speed.
  • v. To cover with or as if with a canopy.
  • v. To go through the canopy of a forest on a zipline.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A covering fixed over a bed, dais, or the like, or carried on poles over an exalted personage or a sacred object, etc. chiefly as a mark of honor.
  • n.
  • n. An ornamental projection, over a door, window, niche, etc.
  • n. Also, a rooflike covering, supported on pillars over an altar, a statue, a fountain, etc.
  • transitive v. To cover with, or as with, a canopy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with a canopy, or as with a canopy.
  • n. In general, any suspended covering that serves as a protection or shelter, as an awning, the tester of a bed, or the like; especially, an ornamental covering of cloth suspended on posts over a throne or the seat of a high dignitary, or any covering of cloth so disposed.
  • n. In specific figurative use, the sky: as, anywhere under the canopy, or the canopy of heaven.
  • n. In architecture, a decorative hood or cover supported or suspended over an altar, throne, chair of state, pulpit, and the like; also the ornamented projecting head of a niche or tabernacle.
  • n. Nautical: A light awning over the stern-sheets of a boat.
  • n. The brass framework over a hatch.
  • n. A large smoke-bell. See smoke-bell.

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

  • n. the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
  • n. the umbrellalike part of a parachute that fills with air
  • v. cover with a canopy
  • n. a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather

Etymologies

Middle English canape, from Medieval Latin canāpēum, mosquito net, from Latin cōnōpēum, from Greek kōnōpeion, bed with mosquito netting, from kōnōps, kōnōp-, mosquito.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English canope, from Latin cōnōpēum ("curtain") (ultimately from Ancient Greek κωνωπεῖον (konopeion)), through Medieval Latin canopeum, or possibly Old French conope, conopé (cf. modern French canapé). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of the surprising things I discovered is if you pull back with me on those mats of epiphytes what you'll find underneath them are connections, networks of what we call canopy roots.

    Nalini Nadkarni on conserving the canopy

  • A painted plaster corset she was forced to wear to support her deteriorating spine presides over her bed, and under the canopy is a mirror which enabled her to paint her many self portraits.

    The Frida Kahlo Museum

  • Several feet of space between the roof and tree canopy is much safer.

    Boost safety: Security plantings protect homes

  • I use a climber where the canopy is more open and I can see well.

    Ground Blinds or tree stands

  • The canopy is held by Oxford students in sub-fusc, which is the academic wear of students of Oxford University.

    Oxford Corpus Christi Procession 2009

  • Until the canopy is installed, a temporary sign inside the station will direct people to the north escalators during bad weather.

    Dr. G's tips

  • What has captured our attention is the incredible double skin canopy intended to let patterned natural light into the space, and significantly reduce energy consumption.

    Mahesh Basantani | Inhabitat

  • The platform canopy is supported by ornamented cast-iron columns, and once served the branch that lead off to Tunbridge Wells West station from where the SVR now run steam trains through High Rocks and Groombridge.

    Railway Echo No.3

  • Its branches, loaded with small juicy limes, provide a shady canopy from the brilliant midday sun.

    Huellas ...Dona Carlota

  • The Semana Santa canopy is up in the plaza, but ... nobody is selling, and nobody is buying.

    The blooming of Tzurumutaro

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  • I spent the summer wasting
    The time was passed so pleasantly
    Say cheerio to books now
    The only things I'll read are faces
    I spent the summer wasting
    Under a canopy of

    Seven weeks of reading papers
    Seven weeks of river walkways
    Seven weeks of feeling guilty
    Seven weeks of staying up all night.

    (A summer wasting, by Belle and Sebastian)

    June 9, 2009

  • Its original meaning referred to the mosquito net hung over a bed for protection.

    August 21, 2008