Pronunciation: (kan'l-īz", ku-nal'īz), [key]
—v.t., -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. Also, esp. Brit.,can'al•ise".
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.