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  1. a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy; "the neoclassical canon"; "canons of polite society" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (North America) a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. See Carom. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A law or rule. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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 (tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See Imitation. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A deep gorge, ravine, or gulch, between high and steep banks, worn by water courses. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The largest size of type having a specific name; - so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. The part of a bell by which it is suspended; - called also ear and shank. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A law or rule in general, especially regarding religious doctrines; the books of the Holy Scriptures received as authoritative by the Christian Church. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Canonical. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. A narrow deep passage between hills or mountains. Also, canyon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. A deep gorge or ravine between high and steep banks, worn by water-courses. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. A law or rule, esp. in ecclesiastical matters: the genuine books of Scripture, called the sacred canon: a dignitary of the Church of England: a list of saints canonized: a large kind of type. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. A law or general rule; a dignitary of the Church of England. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. A rule or law; standard. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. The books of the Bible that are recognized by the Church as inspired. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. A dignitary of the Church of England. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. A deep gorge or ravine. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. A deep precipitous gorge. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. A law or rule, specially in Church matters; the book of Holy Scriptures received as genuine by the Church; a dignitary of the Church, who possesses a prebend or revenue allotted for the performance of divine service in a cathedral or collegiate church; a catalogue of saints, acknowledged and canonized by the Romish Church; the rales, or the book containing the rules, of some monastic order; a kind of continual fugue; one of the largest kinds of type; an instrument used in sewing up wounds Canon law, a collection of ecclesiastical laws. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. In Church affairs, a rule or law in discipline or doctrine; a rule in general; a catalogue of saints; the Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon; a repeating piece of music; every last step in the fore leg of a horse; in print., a large size of type; canon law, the laws that regulate church government. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. In Western America, a deep gorge or ravine between high and steep banks. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. This word is derived from a Hebrew and Greek word denoting a reed or cane. Hence it means something straight, or something to keep straight; and hence also a rule, or something ruled or measured. It came to be applied to the Scriptures, to denote that they contained the authoritative rule of faith and practice, the standard of doctrine and duty. A book is said to be of canonical authority when it has a right to take a place with the other books which contain a revelation of the Divine will. Such a right does not arise from any ecclesiastical authority, but from the evidence of the inspired authorship of the book. The canonical (i.e., the inspired) books of the Old and New Testaments, are a complete rule, and the only rule, of faith and practice. They contain the whole supernatural revelation of God to men. The New Testament Canon was formed gradually under divine guidance. The different books as they were written came into the possession of the Christian associations which began to be formed soon after the day of Pentecost; and thus slowly the canon increased till all the books were gathered together into one collection containing the whole of the twenty-seven New Testament inspired books. Historical evidence shows that from about the middle of the second century this New Testament collection was substantially such as we now possess. Each book contained in it is proved to have, on its own ground, a right to its place; and thus the whole is of divine authority. The Old Testament Canon is witnessed to by the New Testament writers. Their evidence is conclusive. The quotations in the New from the Old are very numerous, and the references are much more numerous. These quotations and references by our Lord and the apostles most clearly imply the existence at that time of a well-known and publicly acknowledged collection of Hebrew writings under the designation of "The Scriptures;" "The Law and the Prophets and the Psalms;" "Moses and the Prophets," etc. The appeals to these books, moreover, show that they were regarded as of divine authority, finally deciding all questions of which they treat; and that the whole collection so recognized consisted only of the thirty-nine books which we now posses. Thus they endorse as genuine and authentic the canon of the Jewish Scriptures. The Septuagint Version (q.v.) also contained every book we now have in the Old Testament Scriptures. As to the time at which the Old Testament canon was closed, there are many considerations which point to that of Ezra and Nehemiah, immediately after the return from Babylonian exile. (See BIBLE, EZRA, QUOTATIONS .) biblestudytools.com
  34. The largest size of type having a specific name; -- so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church. mso.anu.edu.au
  35. The part of a bell by which it is suspended; -- called also ear and shank. mso.anu.edu.au
  36. Eccl. law. This word is taken from the Greek, and signifies a rule or law. In ecelesiastical law, it is also used to designate an order of religious persons. Francis Duaren says, the reason why the ecclesiastics called the rules they established canons or rules, (canones id est regulas) and not laws, was modesty. They did not dare to call them (leges) laws, lest they should seem to arrogate to themselves the authority of princes and magistrates. De Sacris Ecclesiae Ministeriis, p. 2, in pref. See Law, Canon. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  37. kan'un, n. a law or rule, esp. in ecclesiastical matters: a general rule: standard: the books of Scripture accepted as the standard or rule of faith by the Christian Church: a species of musical composition: one bound by certain vows over and above those binding upon regular members of his community--a canon regular: a clerical dignitary belonging to a cathedral, enjoying special emoluments, and obliged to reside there part of the year: a list of saints canonised: (print.) a large kind of type.--n. CAN'ONESS, a female beneficiary of a regular religious college.--adjs. CANON'IC, -AL, according to or included in the canon: regular: ecclesiastical.--adv. CANON'ICALLY.--n.pl. CANON'ICALS, the official dress of the clergy, regulated by the church canons.--ns. CANONIC'ITY, the state of belonging to the canon of Scripture; CANONIS[=A]'TION.--v.t. CAN'ONISE, to enrol in the canon or list of saints.--n. CAN'ONIST, one versed in the canon law.--adj. CANONIST'IC.--ns. CAN'ON-LAW, a digest of the formal decrees of councils, oecumenical, general, and local, of diocesan and national synods, and of patriarchal decisions as to doctrine and discipline; CAN'ONRY, the benefice of a canon.--CANON OF THE MASS, that part of the mass which begins after the 'Sanctus' with the prayer 'Te igitur,' and ends just before the 'Paternoster;' CANON RESIDENTIARY, a canon obliged to reside at a cathedral and take a share in the duty; HONORARY CANON, one having the titular rank of canon in a cathedral, but without duties or emoluments; MINOR CANON, a cleric in orders, attached to a cathedral, his duty being to assist the canons in singing divine service. [A.S., Fr., from L. canon--Gr. kan[=o]n, a straight rod--kann[=e], a reed.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  38. [French, Latin] The metacarpal and metatarsal region in horses, cattle, and sheep. C. bone, the middle metatarsal or metacarpal bone in these animals. na
  39. Church decree; c. law, eccl. Law; general law governing treatment of a subject; criterion; list of Bible books accepted by Church; part of Mass containing words of consecration; (Mus.) piece with different parts taking up same subject successively in strict imitation; (Typ.) largest size of type with specific name; metal loop on bell for hanging it; member of cathedral CHAPTER, whence canonry (2) n.; Minor c. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  40. See canyon Concise Oxford Dictionary
  41. (Math.) A general rule or formula for the solution of mathematical questions. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  42. [Gr.] Any rule or principle, as the canons of criticism. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  43. [Sp.; one of very many words meaning a hollow, or tube-like form; e.g. Gr. L. canna, cane.] A deep gorge or ravine between high and steep banks worn by a stream of water. The term is in common use in the territories of the U.S. bordering on Mexico. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  44. A table of the numerical values of sines and tangents of angles was called the Trigonometrical C. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  45. In cathedral and collegiate churches, one who performs certain services in the church, and is possessed of certain revenues connected with them. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  46. In Printing, a large type, seldom used except in posting-bills. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  47. Laws and ordinances of ecclesiastical Councils; whence the C. law made up of them. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  48. The C. of Scripture, the authorized catalogue of the sacred books. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  49. The solar table constructed by Hipparchus to show the place of the sun with respect to the fixed stars was called the C. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  50. n. [Latin] A low or rule in general;—an ecclesiastical law or rule of doctrine or discipline; a formula;—the genuine books of the Scriptures;—a catalogue of saints;—a continued fugue;—one who possesses a prebend for the performance of divine service in a cathedral church;—the largest size of type;—a double hit in billiards. Cabinet Dictionary
  51. A rule, a law; law made by ecclesiastical councils; the books of Holy Scripture, or the great rule; a dignitary in cathedral churches; a large sort of printing letter. Complete Dictionary

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