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Suez Canal

A ship canal, about 160 km (100 mi) long, traversing the Isthmus of Suez and linking the Gulf of Suez with the Mediterranean Sea. Built under the supervision of Ferdinand de Lesseps, it was opened in 1869 and came under British control after 1875. British withdrawal and Egyptian nationalization of the canal precipitated a crisis during which the canal was temporarily closed to traffic (1956-1957). It closed again during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and reopened in 1975.

Suez Canal

n
(Placename) a sea-level canal in NE Egypt, crossing the Isthmus of Suez and linking the Mediterranean with the Red Sea: built (1854–69) by de Lesseps with French and Egyptian capital; nationalized in 1956 by the Egyptians. Length: 163 km (101 miles)

Su′ez Canal′


n.
a canal in NE Egypt, crossing the Isthmus of Suez and connecting the Mediterranean and Red seas. 107 mi. (172 km) long.
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Noun1.Suez Canal - a ship canal in northeastern Egypt linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean SeaSuez Canal - a ship canal in northeastern Egypt linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea
Arab Republic of Egypt, Egypt, United Arab Republic - a republic in northeastern Africa known as the United Arab Republic until 1971; site of an ancient civilization that flourished from 2600 to 30 BC
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Suez Canal

[ˌsuːɪzkəˈnæl] ncanal m de Suez

Suez Canal

nSueskanal m, → Suezkanal m

Suez Canal

n the Suez Canalil canale di Suez
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On 6 November 1956, British and French troops seized control of two major ports in Egypt's Canal Zone and declared a ceasefire.
SIR - My father was a regular in the forces and I was raised on British bases in the UK and abroad including, as I recall it, a dangerous spell in Egypt's Canal Zone, so I have a high regard for the lot of ordinary soldiers, whose lives are all-too-often forfeit to the idiot ideas that flow from politicians and top brass.
The emergency in Egypt's canal zone, which preceded the disastrous Suez operation of 1956, has not been recognised by the honours and decorations committee.