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  • n. The conversion of a river or other waterway to a canal.
  • n. The management of something using defined channels of communication.
  • n. The ability of a genotype to produce the same phenotype regardless of variability of its environment.

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


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canalise +‎ -ation


  • I suggest that without the additional resources offered by the concept of adaptation Khalidi's concept of ˜information™ would collapse into a simple notion of covariance, and his analysis of innateness would be a version of the canalisation analysis discussed in the next section.

    The Distinction Between Innate and Acquired Characteristics

  • If we suppose that some of the ˜pegs™ in Waddington's model are environmental factors, rather than genetic loci, then we can define separate notions of ˜environmental canalisation™ and ˜genetic canalisation™.

    The Distinction Between Innate and Acquired Characteristics

  • A scientific canalisation, with irrigation works inherited from the ancients, made the Mesopotamian Valley a rival of Kemi the Black

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • They are diminishing because of the dams and the canalisation of the Missisippi.

    Damn them « BuzzMachine

  • Many of our rivers have been changed forever by canalisation, by the encroachment of roads, by invasion by alien vegetation.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The canalisation of rivers, dams and dykes, combined with urbanisation, deforestation and wetland drainage, dramatically increased the destructive potential of floods, he said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Beginning with the straightening of the beds of old rivers and narrow channels connecting seas, the canals were then constructed where they were most needed; but as time passed on, and our water supply from rainfall became less and less, we were convinced of the necessity of adopting a complete system of canalisation in anticipation of the time when our polar snows would be our only source of supply.

    To Mars via The Moon An Astronomical Story

  • The first has been the canalisation, the fencing in of the tideways; the second has been the banking out of the general sea.

    Hills and the Sea

  • There had been fine schemes, no doubt -- Rome a seaport, gigantic works, canalisation to enable vessels of heavy tonnage to come up to the

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris

  • Without an elaborate system of canalisation, providing an escape for such sudden excesses of the supply of water, the annual floods of the Euphrates, and especially of the Tigris, must always be attended with risk, and often prove harmful.

    Hasisadra's Adventure


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