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Definition of CANON

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Canon \Ca*[~n]on"\ (k[aum]*ny[-o]n"; anglicized k[a^]n"y[u^]n), n. [Sp., a tube or hollow, fr. ca[~n]a reed, fr. L. canna. See {Cane}.] A deep gorge, ravine, or gulch, between high and steep banks, worn by water courses. [Mexico & Western U. S.] [Also spelled {canyon}.] [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

canon \can"on\ (k[a^]n"[u^]n), 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. kanw`n rule, rod, fr. ka`nh, ka`nnh, reed. See {Cane}, and cf. {Canonical}.]
     1. A law or rule.
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              Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.     --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Various canons which were made in councils held in the second centry.                    --Hook. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     4. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order. [1913 Webster]

     5. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church. [1913 Webster]

     6. A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church. [1913 Webster]

     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 (tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See {Imitation}. [1913 Webster]

     8. (Print.) The largest size of type having a specific name;
        -- so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church. [1913 Webster]

     9. The part of a bell by which it is suspended; -- called also {ear} and {shank}.

     Note: [See Illust. of {Bell}.] --Knight.
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     10. (Billiards) See {Carom}.
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     {Apostolical canons}. See under {Apostolical}.

     {Augustinian canons}, {Black canons}. See under {Augustinian}.

     {Canon capitular}, {Canon residentiary}, a resident member of a cathedral chapter (during a part or the whole of the year).

     {Canon law}. See under {Law}.

     {Canon of the Mass} (R. C. Ch.), that part of the mass, following the Sanctus, which never changes.

     {Honorary canon}, a canon[6] who neither lived in a monastery, nor kept the canonical hours.

     {Minor canon} (Ch. of Eng.), one who has been admitted to a chapter, but has not yet received a prebend.

     {Regular canon} (R. C. Ch.), one who lived in a conventual community and followed the rule of St. Austin; a Black canon.

     {Secular canon} (R. C. Ch.), one who did not live in a monastery, but kept the hours. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

189 Moby Thesaurus words for "canon":
     Bible, Douay Bible, Festschrift, Grand Penitentiary, Holy Father, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, King James Version, Procrustean law, Revised Standard Version, Revised Version, Scripture, Sefer Torah, Septuagint, Testament, Torah, Torah scroll, Virginal, Vulgate, a belief, abuna, act, album, ana, analects, anthology, antipope, archbishop, archdeacon, archpriest, article of faith, assize, axiom, barometer, beauties, bill, bishop, bishop coadjutor, breviary, bylaw, cardinal, cardinal bishop, cardinal deacon, cardinal priest, catch, chaplain, check, chrestomathy, church book, coadjutor, code, collectanea, collected works, collection, commandment, compilation, complete works, convention, criterion, curate, dean, decree, decretum, degree, delectus, dictate, dictation, dictum, diocesan, doctrine, dogma, ecclesiarch, edict, enactment, euchologion, euchology, exarch, farse, florilegium, flowers, form, formality, formula, formulary, fugato, fugue, garden, garland, gauge, general principle, golden rule, graduated scale, guideline, guiding principle, hierarch, high priest, imperative, institution, jus, law, law of nature, lectionary, legislation, lex, litany, machzor, manual, maxim, measure, metropolitan, miscellanea, miscellany, missal, mitzvah, model, moral, norm, norma, omnibus, order of nature, ordinal, ordinance, ordonnance, papa, parameter, patriarch, pattern, penitentiary, photograph album, pontiff, pontifical, pope, prayer book, prebendary, precept, prelate, prescribed form, prescript, prescription, primate, principium, principle, quantity, quotation book, reading, readout, rector, regulation, ritual, rituale, rondeau, rondelet, rondino, rondo, rondoletto, round, roundelay, rubric, rule, ruling, rural dean, scale, scrapbook, service book, set form, settled principle, siddur, standard, standing order, statute, subdean, suffragan, symposium, teaching, tenet, test, the Book, the Good Book, the Scriptures, the Word, touchstone, troll, type, universal law, value, vicar, working principle, working rule, yardstick



Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

28 Moby Thesaurus words for "Canon":
     Agnus Dei, Alleluia, Anamnesis, Blessing, Collect, Communion, Consecration, Credo, Dismissal, Epistle, Fraction, Gloria, Gospel, Gradual, Introit, Kyrie, Kyrie Eleison, Last Gospel, Lavabo, Offertory, Paternoster, Pax, Post-Communion, Preface, Sanctus, Secreta, Tersanctus, Tract


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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