Definition of ship canal in US English:

ship canal


  • A canal wide and deep enough for ships to transit it.

    • ‘Go back to 1900s - see navvies digging the Manchester ship canal by hand!’
    • ‘In 1903, Panama and the United States signed a treaty by which the United States undertook to construct an interoceanic ship canal across the Isthmus of Panama.’
    • ‘Work started in the 1830s on the Tralee ship canal, which stretches from nearly 1km beyond Blennerville Quay to Prince's Quay, on the edge of Tralee town.’
    • ‘In the net lofts along the ship canal they tar their seine twine with paraffin to protect against salt water.’
    • ‘Office buildings along the ship canal are bringing white-collar workers by the thousands.’
    inland waterway, channel, watercourse, waterway
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ship canal

/ˈSHip kəˌnal/