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. 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
- 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.
- To cover with a canopy, or as with a canopy.
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
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)