see also: Channel
  • IPA: /ˈtʃænəl/

channel (plural channels)

  1. The physical confine of a river or slough, consisting of a bed and banks.
    The water coming out of the waterwheel created a standing wave in the channel.
  2. The natural or man-made deeper course through a reef, bar, bay, or any shallow body of water.
    A channel was dredged to allow ocean-going vessels to reach the city.
  3. The navigable part of a river.
    We were careful to keep our boat in the channel.
  4. A narrow body of water between two land masses.
    The English Channel lies between France and England.
  5. That through which anything passes; means of conveying or transmitting.
    The news was conveyed to us by different channels.
    • The veins are converging channels.
    • At best, he is but a channel to convey to the National Assembly such matter as may import that body to know.
  6. A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.
  7. (electronics) A connection between initiating and terminating nodes of a circuit.
    The guard-rail provided the channel between the downed wire and the tree.
  8. (electronics) The narrow conducting portion of a MOSFET transistor.
  9. (communication) The part that connects a data source to a data sink.
    A channel stretches between them.
  10. (communication) A path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals, usually distinguished from other parallel paths.
    We are using one of the 24 channels.
  11. (communication) A single path provided by a transmission medium via physical separation, such as by multipair cable.
    The channel is created by bonding the signals from these four pairs.
  12. (communication) A single path provided by a transmission medium via spectral or protocol separation, such as by frequency or time-division multiplexing.
    Their call is being carried on channel 6 of the T-1 line.
  13. (broadcasting) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies, usually in conjunction with a predetermined letter, number, or codeword, and allocated by international agreement.
    KNDD is the channel at 107.7 MHz in Seattle.
  14. (broadcasting) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television.
    NBC is on channel 11 in San Jose.
    • 2008, Lou Schuler, "Foreward", in Nate Green, Built for Show, page xi
      TV back then was five channels (three networks, PBS, and an independent station that ran I Love Lucy reruns), […]
  15. (storage) The portion of a storage medium, such as a track or a band, that is accessible to a given reading or writing station or head.
    This chip in this disk drive is the channel device.
  16. (technic) The way in a turbine pump where the pressure is built up.
    The liquid is pressurized in the lateral channel.
  17. (business, marketing) A distribution channel
  18. (Internet) A particular area for conversations on an IRC network, analogous to a chat room and often dedicated to a specific topic.
  19. (Internet) An obsolete means of delivering up-to-date Internet content.
    • 1999, Jeffrey S Rule, Dynamic HTML: The HTML Developer's Guide
      Netcaster is the "receiver" for channels that are built into Netscape 4.01 and later releases.
  20. A psychic or medium who temporarily takes on the personality of somebody else.
  • (narrow body of water between two land masses) passage, sound, strait
  • (for television) side (dated British, from when there were only two channels), station (US)
  • (groove, as in a fluted column) groove, gutter
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: ру́сло
  • Portuguese: canal
  • Russian: кана́л
  • Russian: кана́л
  • Spanish: canal
Translations Translations
  • German: Kannelierung
  • Russian: кана́л
  • Russian: кана́л
  • Russian: кана́л
  • Russian: кана́л
  • Russian: кана́л
  • Spanish: canal
Translations Translations Verb

channel (channels, present participle channeling; past and past participle channelled)

  1. (transitive) To make or cut a channel or groove in.
  2. (transitive) To direct or guide along a desired course.
    We will channel the traffic to the left with these cones.
  3. (transitive, of a spirit, as of a dead person) To serve as a medium for.
    She was channeling the spirit of her late husband, Seth.
  4. (transitive) To follow as a model, especially in a performance.
    He was trying to channel President Reagan, but the audience wasn't buying it.
    When it is my turn to sing karaoke, I am going to channel Ray Charles.
Translations Translations Noun

channel (plural channels)

  1. (nautical) The wale of a sailing ship which projects beyond the gunwale and to which the shrouds attach via the chains. One of the 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.

Proper noun
  1. (by ellipsis) the English Channel

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