from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The theory of music.
  • noun One who practises music.
  • Same as canonical.
  • noun [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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a canon; established by, or according to, a canon or canons.
  • adjective Appearing in a Biblical canon.
  • adjective Accepted as authoritative; recognized.
  • adjective (Math.) In its standard form, usually also the simplest form; -- of an equation or coordinate.
  • adjective (Linguistics) Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality. Opposite of nonstandard.
  • adjective Pertaining to or resembling a musical canon.
  • adjective those books which are declared by the canons of the church to be of divine inspiration; -- called collectively the canon. The Roman Catholic Church holds as canonical several books which Protestants reject as apocryphal.
  • adjective an appellation given to the epistles called also general or catholic. See Catholic epistles, under Canholic.
  • adjective (Math.) the simples or most symmetrical form to which all functions of the same class can be reduced without lose of generality.
  • adjective certain stated times of the day, fixed by ecclesiastical laws, and appropriated to the offices of prayer and devotion; also, certain portions of the Breviary, to be used at stated hours of the day. In England, this name is also given to the hours from 8 a. m. to 3 p. m. (formerly 8 a. m. to 12 m.) before and after which marriage can not be legally performed in any parish church.
  • adjective letters of several kinds, formerly given by a bishop to traveling clergymen or laymen, to show that they were entitled to receive the communion, and to distinguish them from heretics.
  • adjective the method or rule of living prescribed by the ancient clergy who lived in community; a course of living prescribed for the clergy, less rigid than the monastic, and more restrained that the secular.
  • adjective submission to the canons of a church, especially the submission of the inferior clergy to their bishops, and of other religious orders to their superiors.
  • adjective such as the church may inflict, as excommunication, degradation, penance, etc.
  • adjective (Anc. Church.) those for which capital punishment or public penance decreed by the canon was inflicted, as idolatry, murder, adultery, heresy.

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  • adjective canonical

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

  • adjective of or relating to or required by canon law
  • adjective conforming to orthodox or recognized rules
  • adjective reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
  • adjective 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

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

    And you still

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • 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


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