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  • adj. canonical

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a canon; established by, or according to, a canon or canons.
  • adj. Appearing in a Biblical canon.
  • adj. Accepted as authoritative; recognized.
  • adj. In its standard form, usually also the simplest form; -- of an equation or coordinate.
  • adj. Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality. Opposite of nonstandard.
  • adj. Pertaining to or resembling a musical canon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as canonical.
  • n. [Gr. το\ κανονικόν, neut. of κανονικός: see above.] In the Epicurean philosophy, a name for logic, considered as supplying a norm or rule to which reasoning has to conform.
  • n. The theory of music.
  • n. One who practises music.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or required by canon law
  • adj. conforming to orthodox or recognized rules
  • adj. reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
  • adj. appearing in a biblical canon


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Late Latin canonicus (canon +‎ -ic)


  • It specifies that sodomy in canonic and civil laws referred to a set of acts not to an individual; the laws did not define a subject except in the juridical sense. [

    Foucault and the Hedgerow History of Sexuality

  • The phenomenon of people not recognizing language abilities of those who don't look like the 'canonic' speaker is widely attested and works in all directions. NATIVE SPEAKER.

  • Osiris, who also summoned the annual floods, is often represented in the shape of a "canonic" vase with a stopper in the shape of a crowned head.

    Al-Ahram Weekly Online

  • See Moritz Hauptmann's account of his "canonic" travelling-companion's ways and procedures in the letters to Franz Hauser, vol. i., p. 64, and passim.]

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • The wind is tremendous, a permutation fugue — howling, seething, silent — haunting in its canonic imitations.


  • If the technology used in Ricercare is much less sophisticated than in the later works, Harvey still uses it to striking effect – piling up canonic textures at the opening, and then gradually introducing shifts of pitch and tempo to underpin the live playing.

    Harvey: Bird Concerto with Pianosong etc – review

  • Though I would still need to chase it with more canonic fare.

    And you still

  • Sometimes I Feel Alive (1998), to texts by e.e. cummings, explores aspects of love from the sensual to the selfless through an appealing blend of jazzy pop-music rhythms, canonic writing (at which Wachner excels), and hymnlike choral blending with a near-Ivesian sound.

    On CD: Julian Wachner

  • A shot of Henze's angularity would have helped the world premiere of O Sonho (The Dream), a 90-minute chamber opera by Pedro Amaral based on passages from Salome by the canonic Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa.

    Aida; Elegy for Young Lovers; O Sonho

  • Irregular canonic imitations in both spoken and vocal lines gave the witches initial shuddering presence.

    Rodney Punt: The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth: A Chamber Opera of Horrors at Fais Do-Do


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