channel

1
[ chan-l ]
/ ˈtʃæn l /

noun

verb (used with object), chan·neled, chan·nel·ing or (especially British) chan·nelled, chan·nel·ling.

verb (used without object), chan·neled, chan·nel·ing or (especially British) chan·nelled, chan·nel·ling.

to become marked by a channel: Soft earth has a tendency to channel during a heavy rain.

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Origin of channel

1
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English chanel, from Old French, from Latin canālis “waterpipe”; see canal

OTHER WORDS FROM channel

Definition for channel (2 of 2)

channel2

or chain wale, chain-wale

[ chan-l ]
/ ˈtʃæn l /

noun

a horizontal timber or ledge built outboard from the side of a sailing vessel to spread shrouds and backstays outward.

Origin of channel

2
First recorded in 1760–70; variant of chain wale
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British Dictionary definitions for channel (1 of 3)

channel1
/ (ˈtʃænəl) /

noun

verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled

Derived forms of channel

channeller, noun

Word Origin for channel

C13: from Old French chanel, from Latin canālis pipe, groove, conduit; see canal

British Dictionary definitions for channel (2 of 3)

channel2
/ (ˈtʃænəl) /

noun

nautical a flat timber or metal ledge projecting from the hull of a vessel above the chainplates to increase the angle of the shrouds

Word Origin for channel

C18: variant of earlier chainwale; see chain, wale 1 (planking)

British Dictionary definitions for channel (3 of 3)

Channel
/ (ˈtʃænəl) /

noun

the Channel short for English Channel
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Medical definitions for channel

channel
[ chănəl ]

n.

A furrow, tube, or other groovelike passageway through which something flows.
An aqueous 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.ion channel protein channel
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Scientific definitions for channel

channel
[ chănəl ]

A specified frequency band for the transmission and reception of electromagnetic signals, as for television signals.
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.
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.
The bed or deepest part of a river or harbor.
A large strait, especially one that connects two seas.
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Idioms and Phrases with channel

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