Definitions for channelˈtʃæn l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chan•nelˈtʃæn l(n.; v.)-neled, -nel•ing; -nelled, -nel•ling.

  1. (n.)the bed of a stream, river, or other waterway.

  2. a navigable route between two bodies of water.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. the deeper part of a waterway.

  4. a wide strait, as between a continent and an island.

  5. a course into which something may be directed:

    to direct a conversation to a new channel.

  6. a route through which anything passes or progresses:

    channels of trade.

  7. channels, the official course or means of communication:

    going through channels to reach the governor.

  8. a means of access:

    The Senate is his channel to the White House.

  9. Category: Holistic Medicine and Spiritualism

    Ref: channeler (def. 2). 1

  10. a flute in a column.

    Category: Architecture

  11. a frequency band of sufficient width for one- or two-way communication from or to a transmitter for TV, radio, CB radio, telephone, or telegraph communication.

    Category: Radio and Television, Telegraphy and Telephony

  12. Category: Computers

    Ref: bus1 (def. 5). 1 1 7

  13. the two signals in stereophonic or any single signal in multichannel sound recording and reproduction.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio

  14. a transient opening made by a protein structure embedded in a cell membrane, permitting passage of specific ions or molecules into or out of the cell:

    calcium channel.

    Category: Cell Biology

  15. a tubular passage for liquids or fluids.

    Category: Hydraulogy

  16. any structural member, as one of reinforced concrete, having the form of three sides of a rectangle. a number of such members. a flanged metal beam or bar with aU-shaped cross section.

    Category: Building Trades

  17. (v.t.)to convey through or as if through a channel.

  18. to direct toward or into some particular course:

    to channel one's interests.

  19. to excavate as a channel.

    Category: Building Trades

  20. to form a channel in.

    Category: Building Trades

  21. to reach, or convey messages from, by channeling:

    to channel an ancient Egyptian spirit.

    Category: Holistic Medicine and Spiritualism

  22. (v.i.)to become marked by a channel:

    Soft earth channels during a heavy rain.

  23. to perform channeling.

    Category: Holistic Medicine and Spiritualism

Origin of channel:

1250–1300; ME chanel < OF < L canālis waterpipe; see canal

chan•nelˈtʃæn l(n.)

  1. a horizontal timber or ledge built outboard from the side of a sailing vessel to spread shrouds and backstays outward.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of channel:

1760–70; alter. of chain wale

Princeton's WordNet

  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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. channel(noun)ˈtʃæn l

    a TV station

    the shopping channel

  2. channelˈtʃæn l

    to move from one channel to another

  3. channelˈtʃæn l

    a means of sending information or goods

    maintaining channels of communication; managing distribution channels

  4. channelˈtʃæn l

    a narrow ditch for water flow

    ***a shallow channel next to the road


  1. Channel(ProperNoun)

    the English Channel

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

Webster Dictionary

  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


  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.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  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

Translations for channel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the bed of a stream or other way through which liquid can flow

a sewage channel.

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