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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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              Various canons which were made in councils held in
              the second centry.                    --Hook.
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     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.
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     4. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious
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     5. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the
        Roman Catholic Church.
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     6. A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a
        prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.
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     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.
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     8. (Print.) The largest size of type having a specific name;
        -- so called from having been used for printing the canons
        of the church.
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     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
     Canon capitular, Canon residentiary, a resident member of
        a cathedral chapter (during a part or the whole of the
     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
     Secular canon (R. C. Ch.), one who did not live in a
        monastery, but kept the hours.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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
      2: a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
      3: a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
         [syn: canyon, canon]
      4: a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part
         is imitated exactly in other parts
      5: a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the
         Roman Catholic Church
      6: a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially
         the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as
         genuine and inspired

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  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

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     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
     T0000580, EZRA, QUOTATIONS.)

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CANON, eccl. law. This word is taken from the Greek, and signifies a rule or 
  law. In ecclesiastical 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. 

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Canon, GA -- U.S. city in Georgia
     Population (2000):    755
     Housing Units (2000): 361
     Land area (2000):     3.179511 sq. miles (8.234896 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    3.179511 sq. miles (8.234896 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            12932
     Located within:       Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
     Location:             34.345576 N, 83.108741 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     30520
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Canon, GA

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