Meaning of canalize

can•al•ize

Pronunciation: (kan'l-īz", ku-nal'īz), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to make a canal or canals through.
  2. to convert into a canal.
  3. to divide (a stream) into reaches with locks or dams, usually to maintain navigable depths.
  4. to divert into certain channels; give a certain direction to or provide a certain outlet for.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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