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.

Nearby words

  1. changteh,
  2. changzhou,
  3. chania,
  4. chank,
  5. chankiang,
  6. channel back,
  7. channel bass,
  8. channel captain,
  9. channel catfish,
  10. channel country

Origin of channel

1
1250–1300; Middle English chanel < Old French < Latin canālis waterpipe; see canal

Related forms
Can be confusedChanel channel charnel

channel

2

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

channel

1
/ (ˈtʃænəl) /

noun

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

Derived Formschanneller, noun

Word Origin for channel

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

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)

Channel

/ (ˈtʃænəl) /

noun

the Channel short for English Channel
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Word Origin and History for channel
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Science 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

channel

In addition to the idiom beginning with channel

  • channel surfing

also see:

  • go through channels
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