1. A boat used by rude nations, formed of trunk of a tree, excavated, by cutting of burning, into a suitable
shape. It is propelled by a paddle or paddles, or sometimes by sail, and has no rudder.
Others devised the boat of one tree, called the canoe.
2. A boat made of bark or skins, used by savages.
A birch canoe, with paddles, rising, falling, on the water.
3. A light pleasure boat, especially designed for use by one who goes alone upon long excursions, including
portage. It it propelled by a paddle, or by a small sail attached to a temporary mast.
(Ca*noe") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Canoed p. pr. & vb. n. Canoeing ] To manage a canoe, or
voyage in a canoe.
(Ca*noe"ing) n. The act or art of using a canoe.
(Ca*noe"ist) n. A canoeman.
(Ca*noe"man), n.; pl. Canoemen One who uses a canoe; one who travels in a canoe.
Cabins and clearing greeted the eye of the passing canoeman.
(Can"on) n. [OE. canon, canoun, AS. canon rule (cf. F. canon, LL. canon, and, for sense 7,
F. chanoine, LL. canonicus), fr. L. canon a measuring line, rule, model, fr. Gr. rule, rod, fr. red. See
Cane, and cf. Canonical.]
1. A law or rule.
Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.
2. (Eccl.) A law, or rule of doctrine or discipline, enacted by a council and confirmed by the pope or
the sovereign; a decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by ecclesiastical authority.
Various canons which were made in councils held in the second centry.
3. The collection of books received as genuine Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon, or general
rule of moral and religious duty, given by inspiration; the Bible; also, any one of the canonical Scriptures.
See Canonical books, under Canonical, a.
4. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order.
5. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church.
6. A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate
7. (Mus.) A musical composition in which the voices begin one after another, at regular intervals, successively
taking up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda or, as each voice finishes, commences anew,
thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See Imitation.
8. (Print.) The largest size of type having a specific name; so called from having been used for printing
the canons of the church.
9. The part of a bell by which it is suspended; called also ear and shank. [See Illust. of Bell.] Knight.
10. (Billiards) See Carom.