'channel', 'Channel': [ˈtʃænəl]

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
chan•nel1 /ˈtʃænəl/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -neled, -nel•ing or (esp. Brit.)-nelled, -nel•ling. 
n. [countable]
  1. the bottom or deeper part of a waterway:The twenty-foot channel in the harbor was marked by buoys.
  2. Nautical, Naval Termsa route for boats between two bodies of water.
  3. a narrow body of water between a continent and an island:the English Channel.
  4. a course into which something may be moved or directed: channels of trade.
  5. channels, [plural] the official course of communicating or of getting things done: You'll have to go through channels to reach the governor.
  6. Radio and Television, Telecommunicationsa frequency band or wavelength on which radio and television signals are broadcast:Switch to another channel; I don't like this program.

  1. [+ object (+ to/into + object)] to direct toward or into a course of action: You need to channel your energy to more constructive uses.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
chan•nel1  (chanl),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -neled, -nel•ing  or (esp. Brit.) -nelled, -nel•ling. 
  1. the bed of a stream, river, or other waterway.
  2. Nautical, Naval Termsa navigable route between two bodies of water.
  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:He hoped to direct the conversation to a new channel.
  6. a route through which anything passes or progresses:channels of trade.
  7. 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.
  8. a groove or furrow.
  9. a means of access:He considers the Senate a channel to the White House.
  10. Architecture
    • Architecturea flute in a column, esp. one having no fillet between it and other flutes.
    • Architectureany of the prominent vertical grooves in a triglyph.
  11. Music and Dance(in jazz or popular music) a bridge.
  12. 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.
  13. Computinga path for the transfer of signals or data within a computer or between a computer and its peripheral equipment.
  14. Sound Reproductioneither of the two signals in stereophonic or any single signal in multichannel sound recording and reproduction.
  15. 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.
  16. Hydraulicsa tubular passage for liquids or fluids.
  17. Building
    • 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. 

  1. to convey through or as through a channel:He channeled the information to us.
  2. to direct toward or into some particular course:to channel one's interests.
  3. Buildingto excavate as a channel.
  4. Buildingto form a channel in;

  1. to become marked by a channel:Soft earth has a tendency to channel during a heavy rain.
channel•er*  [esp. Brit.,] channel•ler, n. 
  • Latin canālis waterpipe; see canal
  • Old French
  • Middle English chanel 1250–1300
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trough, gash, cut.
    • 18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged route, direct, steer.

chan•nel2  (chanl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa horizontal timber or ledge built outboard from the side of a sailing vessel to spread shrouds and backstays outward.
Also,  chain wale, chain-wale. 
  • variant of chain wale 1760–70

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channel /ˈtʃænəl/ n
  1. a broad strait connecting two areas of sea
  2. the bed or course of a river, stream, or canal
  3. a navigable course through a body of water
  4. (often plural) a means or agency of access, communication, etc: to go through official channels
  5. a course into which something can be directed or moved
  6. a band of radio frequencies assigned for a particular purpose, esp the broadcasting of a television signal
  7. a path for an electromagnetic signal: a stereo set has two channels
  8. a tubular or trough-shaped passage for fluids
  9. a groove or flute, as in the shaft of a column
  10. a path along which data can be transmitted between a central processing unit and one or more peripheral devices
  11. one of the lines along the length of a paper tape on which information can be stored in the form of punched holes
vb ( -nels, -nelling, -nelled, US -nels, -neling, -neled)
  1. to provide or be provided with a channel or channels; make or cut channels in (something)
  2. (transitive) to guide into or convey through a channel or channels: information was channelled through to them
  3. to serve as a medium through whom the spirit of (a person of a former age) allegedly communicates with the living
  4. (transitive) to form a groove or flute in (a column, etc)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French chanel, from Latin canālis pipe, groove, conduit; see canal

Channel /ˈtʃænəl/ n
  1. the Channel
    short for English Channel

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