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Definition of canon:

  1. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. A deep gorge, ravine, or gulch, between high and steep banks, worn by water courses.
  3. A law or rule.
  4. 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.
  5. A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.
  6. 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.
  7. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order.
  8. See Carom.
  9. 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.
  10. The largest size of type having a specific name; - so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church.
  11. The part of a bell by which it is suspended; - called also ear and shank.

Synonyms:

law, canyon, polity, code, formula, regulation, economy, order, jurisprudence, principle, declaration, mandate, bible, criterion, commandment, rule, legislation, statute, command, precept, institute, measure, prescription, ordinance, edict, decree, enactment, literature.

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