What does Channel mean?

Definitions for Channel
ˈtʃæn lchan·nel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. channel, transmission channelnoun

    a path over which electrical signals can pass

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

  2. channelnoun

    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, channelnoun

    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. channelnoun

    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, linenoun

    (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, channelnoun

    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 channelnoun

    a television station and its programs

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

  8. distribution channel, channelverb

    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, channelverb

    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, canaliseverb

    direct the flow of

    "channel information towards a broad audience"

  11. transmit, transfer, transport, channel, channelize, channeliseverb

    send from one person or place to another

    "transmit a message"


  1. Channelnoun

    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. Channelnoun

    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. Channelnoun

    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. Channelnoun

    (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. Channelnoun

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


  1. Channelnoun

    the English Channel

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHANNELnoun

    Etymology: canal, Fr. canalis, Lat.

    It is not so easy, now that things are grown into an habit, and have their certain course, to change the channel, and turn their streams another way. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Draw them to Tyber’s bank, and weep your tears
    Into the channel, till the lowest stream
    Do kiss the most exalted shores of all. William Shakespeare, J. Cæsar.

    So th’ injur’d sea, which, from her wonted course,
    To gain some acres, avarice did force;
    If the new banks, neglected once, decay,
    No longer will from her old channel stay. Edmund Waller.

    Had not the said strata been dislocated, some of them elevated, and others depressed, there would have been no cavity or channel to give reception to the water of the sea. John Woodward.

    The tops of mountains and hills will be continually washed down by the rains, and the channels of rivers abraded by the streams. Richard Bentley.

    Complaint and hot desires, the lover’s hell,
    And scalding tears, that wore a channel where they fell. John Dryden, Fables.

  2. To Channelverb

    To cut any thing in channels.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    No more shall trenching war channel her fields,
    Nor bruise her flowrets with the armed hoofs
    Of hostile paces. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    The body of this column is perpetually channelled, like a thick plaited gown. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    Torrents, and loud impetuous cataracts,
    Roll down the lofty mountain’s channel’d sides,
    And to the vale convey their foaming tides. Richard Blackmore.


  1. channel

    A channel is a medium, path, or route through which information, communication, substances, or forces are transmitted or conveyed. This can refer to a wide variety of things including a television or radio bandwidth, a marketing method, a waterway, a distribution method in business, or a specific frequency for data transfer in technology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Channelnoun

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

  2. Channelnoun

    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. Channelnoun

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

  4. Channelnoun

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

  5. Channelnoun

    a gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column

  6. Channelnoun

    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. Channelverb

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

  8. Channelverb

    to course through or over, as in a channel

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Channel

    chan′el, n. the bed of a stream of water: the deeper part of a strait, bay, or harbour: a strait or narrow sea: a groove or furrow: means of passing or conveying: (Scot.) gravel.—v.t. to make a channel: to furrow: to convey.—p.adj. Chann′elled.—The Channel, the English Channel. [O. Fr. chanel, canel—L. canalis, a canal.]

  2. Channel

    chan′el, n. a flat piece of wood or iron projecting horizontally from a ship's side to spread the shrouds and keep them clear of the bulwarks—fore, main, and mizzen channels. [Corr. of Chain-wale. Cf. Gunnel.]

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).

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. channel

    In hydrography, the fair-way, or deepest part of a river, harbour, or strait, which is most convenient for the track of shipping. Also, an arm of the sea, or water communication running between an island or islands and the main or continent, as the British Channel. In an extended sense it implies any passage which separates lands, and leads from one ocean into another, without distinction as to shape.

Editors Contribution

  1. channel

    A route for access or communication.

    The channel was easy and flows efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 29, 2020  

  2. channel

    A type of structure.

    The channel within the housing estate connected to the drainage system.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

  3. channel

    To communicate, feel, hear, interpret, receive, understand and transmit divine information, knowledge, data, fact, understanding, vision, plans or updates from a being in a facet or dimension of the universe to a human being, a group, or universal being.

    We all have the natural ability to channel divine information and contribute to the planet and our understanding of our divine purpose.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 6, 2015  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Channel is ranked #19763 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Channel surname appeared 1,362 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Channel.

    60.5% or 825 total occurrences were White.
    27.2% or 371 total occurrences were Black.
    4.6% or 63 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.3% or 46 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.6% or 36 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.5% or 21 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Channel in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Channel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Channel in a Sentence

  1. Robert Albert Bloch:

    Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

  2. Greg Melich:

    It has a strategy to compete and win in multi-channel (retail), as spring comes, it should be a pretty good investment.

  3. Daniel Lieberman:

    If you struggle to exercise, remember that even a little exercise provides enormous benefits for both physical and mental health. You don't have to run a marathon or swim the English Channel, and if you don't like to exercise, find a way to make it enjoyable. For most people, that means making it social. Exercising with friends will help you find the motivation to show up and keep going.

  4. Sasha Luccioni:

    I think what we want is to channel that initial, like,' Oh man, my house is underwater,' into climate action.

  5. Cooper Smith:

    Mattresses are an ideal category for Amazon to private label, brands like Tuft Needle have already validated digital as a growing sales channel.

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