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  • v. To convert a river or other waterway into a canal.
  • v. To channel the flow of something.

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  • v. direct the flow of
  • v. provide (a city) with a canal


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canal +‎ -ise


  • Its stated aims were to purchase boats, canalise the river to make it navigable, and build warehouses and other infrastructure for commerce.

    Did you know? Steamboats on Lake Chapala.

  • Whence arises the power of the _sentiment intérieur_ to canalise the energies of the organism, so to direct and co-ordinate them that they build up purposive structures, or effect purposive actions (as in all instinctive behaviour)?

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology

  • But most artists have got to canalise their emotion and concentrate their energies on some more definite and more maniable problem than that of making something that shall be aesthetically


  • Artists must canalise their emotion, they must concentrate their energies on some definite problem.


  • The importance of the first lessens as men learn to dig wells and to canalise springs; the two last, defence and communication, remain attached to river settlements to a much later date, and are apparent in all the history of the Thames.

    The Historic Thames

  • They canalise for their own security a torrent which, undisciplined, would serve but to destroy.

    Avril Being Essays on the Poetry of the French Renaissance

  • Acting with the blessing of the Viceroy, Octavian Hume had sought to create an organisation which would canalise the protests of India's slowly growing educated classes into a moderate, responsible body prepared to engage in gentlemanly dialogue with India's English rulers. "

    In Defence of Marxism


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  • "Get into touch with the Subconscious and you are in touch with the Universe. Inspiration, in fact. You follow me?"

    "Perfectly, perfectly," said Denis. "But don't you find that the Universe sometimes sends you very irrelevant messages?"

    "I don't allow it to," Mr. Barbecue-Smith replied. "I canalise it. I bring it down through pipes to work the turbines of my conscious mind."

    - Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow

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