Definitions for channelˈtʃæn l

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  1. channel, transmission channel(noun)

    a path over which electrical signals can pass

    "a channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company"

  2. channel(noun)

    a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through

    "the fields were crossed with irrigation channels"; "gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street"

  3. groove, channel(noun)

    a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record)

  4. channel(noun)

    a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels

    "the ship went aground in the channel"

  5. channel, communication channel, line(noun)

    (often plural) a means of communication or access

    "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"

  6. duct, epithelial duct, canal, channel(noun)

    a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance

    "the tear duct was obstructed"; "the alimentary canal"; "poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs"

  7. channel, television channel, TV channel(noun)

    a television station and its programs

    "a satellite TV channel"; "surfing through the channels"; "they offer more than one hundred channels"

  8. distribution channel, channel(verb)

    a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors

    "possible distribution channels are wholesalers or small retailers or retail chains or direct mailers or your own stores"

  9. impart, conduct, transmit, convey, carry, channel(verb)

    transmit or serve as the medium for transmission

    "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat"

  10. channel, canalize, canalise(verb)

    direct the flow of

    "channel information towards a broad audience"

  11. transmit, transfer, transport, channel, channelize, channelise(verb)

    send from one person or place to another

    "transmit a message"

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  1. Channel(n.)

    pl. official routes of communication, especially the official means by which information should be transmitted in a bureaucracy; as, to submit a request through channels; you have to go through channels.

  2. Channel(n.)

    a band of electromagnetic wave frequencies that is used for one-way or two-way radio communication; especially, the frequency bands assigned by the FTC for use in television broadcasting, and designated by a specific number; as, channel 2 in New York is owned by CBS.

  3. Channel(n.)

    one of the signals in an electronic device which receives or sends more than one signal simultaneously, as in stereophonic radios, records, or CD players, or in measuring equipment which gathers multiple measurements simultaneously.

  4. Channel(n.)

    (Cell biology) an opening in a cell membrane which serves to actively transport or allow passive transport of substances across the membrane; as, an ion channel in a nerve cell.

  5. Channel(n.)

    (Computers) a path for transmission of signals between devices within a computer or between a computer and an external device; as, a DMA channel.

  6. Origin: [OE. chanel, canel, OF. chanel, F. chenel, fr. L. canalis. See Canal.]

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Channel(ProperNoun)

    the English Channel

  2. Origin: From chenel (French: canal, chenal), from canalis

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Channel(noun)

    the hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run

  2. Channel(noun)

    the deeper part of a river, harbor, strait, etc., where the main current flows, or which affords the best and safest passage for vessels

  3. Channel(noun)

    a strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of lands; as, the British Channel

  4. Channel(noun)

    that through which anything passes; means of passing, conveying, or transmitting; as, the news was conveyed to us by different channels

  5. Channel(noun)

    a gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column

  6. Channel(noun)

    flat ledges of heavy plank bolted edgewise to the outside of a vessel, to increase the spread of the shrouds and carry them clear of the bulwarks

  7. Channel(verb)

    to form a channel in; to cut or wear a channel or channels in; to groove

  8. Channel(verb)

    to course through or over, as in a channel

  9. Origin: [OE. chanel, canel, OF. chanel, F. chenel, fr. L. canalis. See Canal.]

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  1. Channel

    In telecommunications and computer networking, a communication channel, or channel, refers either to a physical transmission medium such as a wire, or to a logical connection over a multiplexed medium such as a radio channel. A channel is used to convey an information signal, for example a digital bit stream, from one or several senders to one or several receivers. A channel has a certain capacity for transmitting information, often measured by its bandwidth in Hz or its data rate in bits per second. Communicating data from one location to another requires some form of pathway or medium. These pathways, called communication channels, use two types of media: cable and broadcast. Cable or wireline media use physical wires of cables to transmit data and information. Twisted-pair wire and coaxial cables are made of copper, and fiber-optic cable is made of glass. In information theory, a channel refers to a theoretical channel model with certain error characteristics. In this more general view, a storage device is also a kind of channel, which can be sent to and received from.

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  1. channel

    [IRC] The basic unit of discussion on IRC. Once one joins a channel, everything one types is read by others on that channel. Channels are named with strings that begin with a ‘#’ sign and can have topic descriptions (which are generally irrelevant to the actual subject of discussion). Some notable channels are #initgame, #hottub, callahans, and #report. At times of international crisis, #report has hundreds of members, some of whom take turns listening to various news services and typing in summaries of the news, or in some cases, giving first-hand accounts of the action (e.g., Scud missile attacks in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War in 1991).

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'channel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2642

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'channel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2245

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'channel' in Nouns Frequency: #795


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