English Channel


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English Channel

An arm of the Atlantic Ocean between France and England, opening to the North Sea through the Strait of Dover. The English Channel is crossed by various ferry routes as well as by an undersea rail tunnel (opened 1994).

English Channel

n
(Placename) an arm of the Atlantic Ocean between S England and N France, linked with the North Sea by the Strait of Dover. Length: about 560 km (350 miles). Width: between 32 km (20 miles) and 161 km (100 miles). French name: La Manche

Eng′lish Chan′nel


n.
an arm of the Atlantic between S England and N France, connected with the North Sea by the Strait of Dover. 350 mi. (565 km) long; 20–100 mi. (32–160 km) wide.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.English Channel - an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that forms a channel between France and BritainEnglish Channel - an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that forms a channel between France and Britain
Battle of the Spanish Armada - in the English Channel a small fleet of British ships successfully defeated the large armada sent from Spain by Philip II to invade England
Channel Island - any of a group of British islands in the English Channel off the northern coast of France
Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east
Solent - a strait of the English Channel between the coast of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight, Wight - an isle and county of southern England in the English Channel
Translations
Englannin kanaali
Ermarsund

English Channel

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the English Channel → la MancheEnglish Heritage n organisme britannique de protection du patrimoine historique

English Channel

n the English Channelil Canale della Manica
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But such a gale was blowing that I did not dare attempt to land, and so we passed to the north of them, skirted Land's End, and entered the English Channel.
Veiling his clear-cut, lean face in a thin layer of a hard, high cloud, I have seen him, like a wizened robber sheik of the sea, hold up large caravans of ships to the number of three hundred or more at the very gates of the English Channel.
Southerly, at many miles' distance, and over the hills and ridges coastward, she could discern a surface like polished steel: it was the English Channel at a point far out towards France.
Later he met a prima donna, fell in love with and married her, forsook telephony for ballooning, and lost his life in attempting to fly across the English Channel.
It was not until the twelfth century that these Arthurian traditions, the cherished heritage of the Welsh and their cousins, the Bretons across the English Channel in France, were suddenly adopted as the property of all Western Europe, so that Arthur became a universal Christian hero.
Had hoped when in the English Channel to be able to signal for help or get in somewhere.
They were used to jogging off alone through a hundred miles of jungle, where there was always the delightful chance of being delayed by tigers; but they would no more have bathed in the English Channel in an English August than their brothers across the world would have lain still while a leopard snuffed at their palanquin.
Presently the English Channel was bridged--a series of great iron Eiffel Tower pillars carrying mono-rail cables at a height of a hundred and fifty feet above the water, except near the middle, where they rose higher to allow the passage of the London and Antwerp shipping and the Hamburg-America liners.
A BRITISH warship escorts one of four Russian Navy vessels through the English Channel yesterday - keeping a close eye on Vladimir Putin's latest military manoeuvres.
Of course the English Channel must be a busy place, we're not completely clueless, but when you see the hidden nerve-centres and hordes of busy staff, it's an eye-opener into how much we rely on it.
Of course, the English Channel must be a busy place, we're not completely clueless, but when you see the hidden nerve-centres and hordes of busy staff, it's an eye-opener into how much we rely on it.
DAVID WALLIAMS said he hopes to become the oldest person to swim the English Channel as he was honoured at Buckingham Palace.