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chan·nel 1  (chăn′əl)
1. The bed of a stream or river.
2. The deeper part of a river or harbor, especially a deep navigable passage.
3. A broad strait, especially one that connects two seas.
4. A trench, furrow, or groove.
5. A tubular passage for liquids; a conduit.
6. A course or pathway through which information is transmitted: new channels of thought; a reliable channel of information.
7. A route of communication or access. Often used in the plural: took her request through official channels.
8. In communications theory, a gesture, action, sound, written or spoken word, or visual image used in transmitting information.
9. Electronics A specified frequency band for the transmission and reception of electromagnetic signals, as for television signals.
10. Computer Science A site on a network, as on IRC, where online conversations are held in real time by a number of computer users.
11. The medium through which a spirit guide purportedly communicates with the physical world.
12. A rolled metal bar with a bracket-shaped section.
13. A temporary opening in a cell membrane that allows ions or molecules to pass into or out of the cell.
tr.v. chan·neled also chan·nelled, chan·nel·ing also chan·nel·ling, chan·nels also chan·nels
1. To make or cut channels in.
2. To form a groove or flute in.
3. To direct or guide along some desired course: channels her curiosity into research.
4. To serve as a medium for (a spirit guide).

[Middle English chanel, from Old French, from Latin canālis; see canal.]

chan′nel·er n.

chan·nel 2  (chăn′əl)
n. Nautical
A wood or steel ledge projecting from a sailing ship's sides to spread the shrouds and keep them clear of the gunwales.

[Alteration of obsolete chainwale : chain + wale.]

channel (ˈtʃænəl)
1. (Physical Geography) a broad strait connecting two areas of sea
2. (Physical Geography) the bed or course of a river, stream, or canal
3. (Nautical Terms) 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: a new channel of thought.
6. (Electronics) electronics
a. a band of radio frequencies assigned for a particular purpose, esp the broadcasting of a television signal
b. a path for an electromagnetic signal: a stereo set has two channels.
c. a thin semiconductor layer between the source and drain of a field-effect transistor, the conductance of which is controlled by the gate voltage
7. a tubular or trough-shaped passage for fluids
8. (Architecture) a groove or flute, as in the shaft of a column
9. (Computer Science) computing
a. a path along which data can be transmitted between a central processing unit and one or more peripheral devices
b. one of the lines along the length of a paper tape on which information can be stored in the form of punched holes
10. (Metallurgy) short for channel iron
vb, -nels, -nelling, -nelled, US -nels, -neling or -neled
11. to provide or be provided with a channel or channels; make or cut channels in (something)
12. (tr) to guide into or convey through a channel or channels: information was channelled through to them.
13. (Alternative Belief Systems) to serve as a medium through whom the spirit of (a person of a former age) allegedly communicates with the living
14. (tr) to exhibit the traits of (another person) in one's actions
15. (Architecture) (tr) to form a groove or flute in (a column, etc)
[C13: from Old French chanel, from Latin canālis pipe, groove, conduit; see canal]
ˈchanneller n
channel (ˈtʃænəl)
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical a flat timber or metal ledge projecting from the hull of a vessel above the chainplates to increase the angle of the shrouds
[C18: variant of earlier chainwale; see chain, wale1 (planking)]

chan•nel1 (ˈtʃæn l)

n., v. -neled, -nel•ing (esp. Brit.) -nelled, -nel•ling. n.
1. the bed of a stream, river, or other waterway.
2. a 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: to direct a conversation to a new channel.
6. a route through which anything passes or progresses: channels of trade.
7. channels, the official course or means of communication: going through channels to reach the governor.
8. a means of access: The Senate is his channel to the White House.
10. a flute in a column.
11. a frequency band of sufficient width for one- or two-way communication from or to a transmitter for TV, radio, CB radio, telephone, or telegraph communication.
13. the two signals in stereophonic or any single signal in multichannel sound recording and reproduction.
14. a transient opening made by a protein structure embedded in a cell membrane, permitting passage of specific ions or molecules into or out of the cell: calcium channel.
15. a tubular passage for liquids or fluids.
a. any structural member, as one of reinforced concrete, having the form of three sides of a rectangle.
b. a number of such members.
c. a flanged metal beam or bar with a U-shaped cross section.
17. to convey through or as if through a channel.
18. to direct toward or into some particular course: to channel one's interests.
19. to excavate as a channel.
20. to form a channel in.
21. to reach, or convey messages from, by channeling: to channel an ancient Egyptian spirit.
22. to become marked by a channel: Soft earth channels during a heavy rain.
23. to perform channeling.
[1250–1300; Middle English chanel < Old French < Latin canālis waterpipe; see canal]
chan•nel2 (ˈtʃæn l)

a horizontal timber or ledge built outboard from the side of a sailing vessel to spread shrouds and backstays outward.
[1760–70; alter. of chain wale]

channel  (chăn′əl)
1. A specified frequency band for the transmission and reception of electromagnetic signals, as for television signals.
2. The part of a field effect transistor, usually U-shaped, through which current flows from the source to the drain. See more at field effect transistor.
3. A pathway through a protein molecule in a cell membrane that modulates the electrical potential across the membrane by controlling the passage of small inorganic ions into and out of the cell.
4. The bed or deepest part of a river or harbor.
5. A large strait, especially one that connects two seas.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms - a path over which electrical signals can passchannel - a path over which electrical signals can pass; "a channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company"
transmission - communication by means of transmitted signals - 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"
gutter, trough - a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater
limbers - a channel or gutter on either side of a ship's keelson; carries bilge water into the pump well
passage - a way through or along which someone or something may pass - 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)channel - 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)
dado - a rectangular groove cut into a board so that another piece can fit into it
fluting, flute - a groove or furrow in cloth etc (particularly a shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column)
quirk - a narrow groove beside a beading
rabbet, rebate - a rectangular groove made to hold two pieces together
track - a groove on a phonograph recording
rut - a groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels)
imprint, impression, depression - a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"
stria, striation - any of a number of tiny parallel grooves such as: the scratches left by a glacier on rocks or the streaks or ridges in muscle tissue
washout - the channel or break produced by erosion of relatively soft soil by water; "it was several days after the storm before they could repair the washout and open the road" - 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"
body of water, water - the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean); "they invaded our territorial waters"; "they were sitting by the water's edge"
canal - (astronomy) an indistinct surface feature of Mars once thought to be a system of channels; they are now believed to be an optical illusion
gut - a narrow channel or strait
rill - a small channel (as one formed by soil erosion)
river - a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek); "the river was navigable for 50 miles"
strait, sound - a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
tideway - a channel in which a tidal current runs
watercourse - natural or artificial channel through which water flows - (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
back channel - an alternative to the regular channels of communication that is used when agreements must be made secretly (especially in diplomacy or government); "they negotiated via a back channel"
lens - (metaphor) a channel through which something can be seen or understood; "the writer is the lens through which history can be seen"
inter-group communication, liaison, contact, link - a channel for communication between groups; "he provided a liaison with the guerrillas"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
line of gab, patter, spiel - plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson) - a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substancechannel - 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"
pore - any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
passageway, passage - a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; "the nasal passages"
canalis vertebralis, spinal canal, vertebral canal - the canal in successive vertebrae through which the spinal cord passes
ductule, ductulus - a very small duct
canaliculus - a small canal or duct as in some bones and parts of plants
canal of Schlemm, Schlemm's canal, sinus venosus sclerae - a circular canal in the eye that drains aqueous humor from the anterior chamber of the eye into the anterior ciliary veins
venous sinus, sinus - a wide channel containing blood; does not have the coating of an ordinary blood vessel
ampulla - the dilated portion of a canal or duct especially of the semicircular canals of the ear
lachrymal duct, lacrimal duct, tear duct - any of several small ducts that carry tears from the lacrimal glands
nasolacrimal duct - a duct that carries tears from the lacrimal sac to the nasal cavity
Haversian canal - any of the many tiny canals that contain blood vessels and connective tissue and that form a network in bone
hepatic duct - the duct that drains bile from the liver
canalis inguinalis, inguinal canal - oblique passage through the lower abdominal wall; in males it is the passage through which the testes descend into the scrotum and it contains the spermatic cord; in females it transmits the round ligament of the uterus
bile duct, common bile duct - a duct formed by the hepatic and cystic ducts; opens into the duodenum
pancreatic duct - a duct connecting the pancreas with the intestine
lymph vessel, lymphatic vessel - a vascular duct that carries lymph which is eventually added to the venous blood circulation
salivary duct - a duct through which saliva passes from the salivary gland into the mouth
aqueductus cerebri, cerebral aqueduct, Sylvian aqueduct - a canal connecting the third and fourth ventricles
ureter - either of a pair of thick-walled tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder
urethra - duct through which urine is discharged in most mammals and which serves as the male genital duct
canalis cervicis uteri, cervical canal - a spindle-shaped canal extending from the uterus to the vagina
umbilical, umbilical cord - membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta
vagina - the lower part of the female reproductive tract; a moist canal in female mammals extending from the labia minora to the uterus; "the vagina receives the penis during coitus"; "the vagina is elastic enough to allow the passage of a fetus"
epididymis - a convoluted tubule in each testis; carries sperm to vas deferens
ductus deferens, vas deferens - a duct that carries spermatozoa from the epididymis to the ejaculatory duct
seminal duct - the efferent duct of the testis in man
ejaculatory duct - a part of the seminal duct formed by the duct from the seminal vesicle and the vas deferens; passes through the prostate gland
cartilaginous tube - a duct with cartilaginous walls
bronchiole - any of the smallest bronchial ducts; ending in alveoli
alimentary canal, alimentary tract, digestive tract, digestive tube, gastrointestinal tract, GI tract - tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
lactiferous duct - ducts of the mammary gland that carry milk to the nipple - a television station and its programschannel - a television station and its programs; "a satellite TV channel"; "surfing through the channels"; "they offer more than one hundred channels"
television station, TV station - station for the production and transmission of television broadcasts - 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"
marketing - the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing a product or service; "most companies have a manager in charge of marketing" - transmit or serve as the medium for transmissionchannel - transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat"
convey, express, carry - serve as a means for expressing something; "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot of anger"
bring, convey, take - take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point"
wash up - carry somewhere (of water or current or waves); "The tide washed up the corpse"
pipe in - bring in through pipes; "Music was piped into the offices"
bring in - transmit; "The microphone brought in the sounds from the room next to mine"
retransmit - transmit again
carry - be conveyed over a certain distance; "Her voice carries very well in this big opera house" - direct the flow of; "channel information towards a broad audience"
channelise, channelize, guide, maneuver, steer, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, head, direct - direct the course; determine the direction of travelling - send from one person or place to anotherchannel - send from one person or place to another; "transmit a message"
fetch, bring, get, convey - go or come after and bring or take back; "Get me those books over there, please"; "Could you bring the wine?"; "The dog fetched the hat"
project - transfer (ideas or principles) from one domain into another
propagate - transmit; "propagate sound or light through air"
translate - bring to a certain spiritual state
release, turn - let (something) fall or spill from a container; "turn the flour onto a plate"
send out, send - to cause or order to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place; "He had sent the dispatches downtown to the proper people and had slept"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

1. means, way, course, approach, medium, route, path, avenue We'll be lodging a complaint through the official channels.
2. strait, sound, route, passage, canal, waterway, main Oil spilled into the channel following a collision between a tanker and a trawler.
3. duct, chamber, artery, groove, gutter, furrow, conduit Keep the drainage channel clear.
direct, guide, conduct, transmit, convey Stephen is channelling all his energies into his novel.
channel [ˈtʃænl]
A. N (= watercourse, TV channel) → canal m; (= strait) → estrecho m; (= deepest part of river) → cauce m (fig) [of communication] → vía f
irrigation channelacequia f, canal m de riego
green/red channel (Customs) → pasillo m verde/rojo
to go through the usual channelsseguir las vías normales
the (English) Channelel Canal(de la Mancha)
channel of distributionvía f or canal m de distribución
B. VT (= hollow out) [+ course] → acanalar; (= direct) [+ river] → encauzar (fig) [+ interest, energies] → encauzar, dirigir (into a)
C. CPD the Channel Islands NPLlas Islas Anglonormandas or del Canal de la Mancha
the Channel Tunnel Nel túnel del Canal de la Mancha
channel off VT + ADV (lit, fig) [+ water, energy, resources] → canalizar

Channel [ˈtʃænəl] n
the Channel, the English Channel → la Manche
channel [ˈtʃænəl]
[TV] → chaîne f
There's football on the other channel → Il y a du football sur l'autre chaîne.
[river, sea] → chenal m
(fig) (= means, medium) the usual channels → la filière habituelle
through the usual channels; through the normal channels → en suivant la filière habituelle
diplomatic channels → voies fpl diplomatiques
(= groove) → rainure f
(at customs)file f green channel, red channel
vt [+ water] → acheminer
to channel sth into [+ interest, energies] → diriger qch vers; [+ money, resources] → diriger qch vers
channel crossing ntraversée f de la Manche
Channel ferry n (British)ferry m transmanche inv
channel-hopping [ˈtʃænəlhɒpɪŋ] nzapping m

(= watercourse)(Fluss)bett nt; (= strait)Kanal m; (= deepest part of river etc)Fahrrinne f; the (English) Channelder Ärmelkanal
(fig, usu pl) (of bureaucracy etc)Dienstweg m; (of information etc)Kanal m; (of thought, interest etc)Bahn f; if you go through the right channelswenn Sie sich an die richtigen Stellen wenden; to go through the official channelsden Dienstweg gehen; you’ll have to go through channels (US) → Sie werden den Dienstweg einhalten müssen; through the usual channelsauf dem üblichen Wege
(= groove)Furche f, → Rinne f
(TV, Rad) → Kanal m, → Programm nt
(= dig out, furrow) way, coursesich (dat)bahnen
(= direct) water, river(hindurch)leiten (through durch)
(fig) efforts, interestlenken (→ into auf +acc); energy alsokanalisieren; crowd alsodirigieren

channel changer
n (Brit TV) → Fernbedienung f
Channel ferry
n (Brit) → Kanalfähre f
vi (Brit TV inf) → ständig umschalten or den Kanal wechseln, zappen (inf)
n (Brit TV inf) → ständiges Umschalten, Zappen nt (inf)

Channel Islander
nBewohner(in) m(f)der Kanalinseln
Channel Islands
plKanalinseln pl
vi (esp US TV inf) = channel-hop
n (esp US TV inf) = channel-hopping
Channel Tunnel
nKanaltunnel m

Channel [ˈtʃænl] n the (English) Channelil Canale della Manica, la Manica
channel [ˈtʃænl]
1. n (Geog, TV) (also fig) → canale m; (of river, sea) → alveo
to go through the usual channels → seguire la normale procedura
green/red channel (Customs) → uscita "niente da dichiarare"/"merci da dichiarare"
2. vt (hollow out, course) → scavare; (direct, river) → far scorrere, convogliare (fig) (interest, energies) to channel intoconcentrare su, indirizzare verso, canalizzare

channel (ˈtʃӕnl) noun
1. the bed of a stream or other way through which liquid can flow. a sewage channel.
2. a passage of deeper water in a river, through which ships can sail.
3. a narrow stretch of water joining two seas. the English Channel.
4. a means of sending or receiving information etc. We got the information through the usual channels.
5. (in television, radio etc) a band of frequencies for sending or receiving signals. BBC Television now has two channels.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈchannelled , (American) ˈchanneled
1. to make a channel in.
2. to direct into a particular course. He channelled all his energies into the project.

channel قَنَاة kanál kanal Programm κανάλι canal kanava chaîne kanal canale チャンネル 해협 kanaal kanal kanał canal канал kanal ช่อง kanal kênh 频道
n.  canal; estructura tubular; birth ___ → ___ del parto.

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In vain, I searched for some sign of ancient commerce that, if history is to be believed, must have dotted the bosom of the Channel with white sails and blackened the heavens with the smoke of countless funnels, but as far as eye could reach the tossing waters of the Channel were empty and deserted.
The empire of Blefuscu is an island situated to the north-east of Lilliput, from which it is parted only by a channel of eight hundred yards wide.
The last of a strong ebb was running out in channel in the teeth of an ocean breeze of forty miles an hour.
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