Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To furnish with or convert into a canal or canals.
  • transitive v. To provide an outlet for; channel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Alternative spelling of canalise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. to provide with a canal, as of a city.
  • v. to to direct the flow of; -- also used abstractly, as of money or information.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a canal through; provide with a canal or canals.
  • To convert into a canal: as, to canalize a river.
  • Also spelled canalise.
  • To form a channel or canal.

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

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

Etymologies

canal +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "canalize" the waterways that the canal had originally avoided: The Mohawk, Oswego, Seneca and Clyde rivers and Oneida Lake.

    Journal Online Homepage

  • He agreed that the first option was out of the question, and accepted the moves to “canalize” the revolutionary upheaval and ask for an end to the fighting.22

    How Wars end

  • The underwater potential has not been evaluated, but it is believed that geological faults canalize water in a disorganized fashion in limestone subsoils such as this.

    Tikal National Park, Guatemala

  • However, on the basis of plausibility which I recognize to be an imperfect measure, it seems more likely that pornography would canalize and strengthen a sexual deviation, leading to an eventual acting out of fantasy, than that it would provide an outlet for a sexual deviation sufficient to preclude acting out.

    The Deep Throat and Catherine McKinnon

  • So adjustments are usually made down at the tactical level, whether it's the standoff distance or where you put sandbags, how much wire you put out, what you use to canalize or channelize the movement of vehicles that might approach.

    CNN Transcript Apr 22, 2003

  • Also, France, Germany, and Luxembourg agreed to canalize the Moselle River, connecting the Lorraine steel industry with the Ruhr Valley.

    1956, July 25

  • Minefields laid by fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters can also be useful in this phase to delay the enemy force or canalize the enemy attack.

    FM 100-61 Chptr 10 Air Support

  • Used in the defense, persistent chemical agents can deny the enemy certain terrain and canalize attacking forces.

    FM 100-61 Chptr 14 NBC and Smoke Support

  • The purpose of fire support is to canalize the enemy and to prevent him from developing the attack further into friendly positions.

    FM 100-61 Chptr 9 Artillery Support

  • Coloured Affairs Department and to 'canalize all non-European sentiment and endeavour - economic, political and social - in one mighty stream that will expunge from the statute book all discriminatory legislation'.

    Class & Colour in South Africa 1850-1950 - Chapter 23

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