chan•nel1(chan′l),USA pronunciationn., v.,-neled, -nel•ing or (esp. Brit.) -nelled, -nel•ling. n.
the bed of a stream, river, or other waterway.
Nautical, Naval Termsa navigable route between two bodies of water.
the deeper part of a waterway.
a wide strait, as between a continent and an island.
a course into which something may be directed:He hoped to direct the conversation to a new channel.
a route through which anything passes or progresses:channels of trade.
channels, the specific, prescribed, or official course or means of communication:In an emergency he was able to reach the governor without going through channels.
a groove or furrow.
a means of access:He considers the Senate a channel to the White House.
Architecturea flute in a column, esp. one having no fillet between it and other flutes.
Architectureany of the prominent vertical grooves in a triglyph.
Music and Dance(in jazz or popular music) a bridge.
Radio and Television, Telecommunicationsa frequency band of sufficient width for one- or two-way communication from or to a transmitter used for television, radio, CB radio, telephone, or telegraph communication.
Computinga path for the transfer of signals or data within a computer or between a computer and its peripheral equipment.
Sound Reproductioneither of the two signals in stereophonic or any single signal in multichannel sound recording and reproduction.
Cell Biologya transient opening made by a protein embedded in a cell membrane, permitting passage of specific ions or molecules into or out of the cell:calcium channel.
Hydraulicsa tubular passage for liquids or fluids.
any structural member, as one of reinforced concrete, having the form of three sides of a rectangle.
a number of such members:channel in 100-foot lengths.
See channel iron.
to convey through or as through a channel:He channeled the information to us.
to direct toward or into some particular course:to channel one's interests.
Buildingto excavate as a channel.
Buildingto form a channel in; groove.
to become marked by a channel:Soft earth has a tendency to channel during a heavy rain.
chan′nel•er* [esp. Brit.,]chan′nel•ler,n.
Latin canālis waterpipe; see canal
Middle English chanel 1250–1300
8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trough, gash, cut.
18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged route, direct, steer.
Nautical, Naval Termsa horizontal timber or ledge built outboard from the side of a sailing vessel to spread shrouds and backstays outward.