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

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

Related forms
Can be confusedChanel channel charnel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for channelled

British Dictionary definitions for channelled




a broad strait connecting two areas of sea
the bed or course of a river, stream, or canal
a navigable course through a body of water
(often plural) a means or agency of access, communication, etcto go through official channels
a course into which something can be directed or moveda new channel of thought
  1. a band of radio frequencies assigned for a particular purpose, esp the broadcasting of a television signal
  2. a path for an electromagnetic signala stereo set has two channels
  3. a thin semiconductor layer between the source and drain of a field-effect transistor, the conductance of which is controlled by the gate voltage
a tubular or trough-shaped passage for fluids
a groove or flute, as in the shaft of a column
  1. a path along which data can be transmitted between a central processing unit and one or more peripheral devices
  2. one of the lines along the length of a paper tape on which information can be stored in the form of punched holes
short for channel iron

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

to provide or be provided with a channel or channels; make or cut channels in (something)
(tr) to guide into or convey through a channel or channelsinformation was channelled through to them
to serve as a medium through whom the spirit of (a person of a former age) allegedly communicates with the living
(tr) to exhibit the traits of (another person) in one’s actions
(tr) to form a groove or flute in (a column, etc)
Derived Formschanneller, noun

Word Origin for channel

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




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)



the Channel short for English Channel
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Word Origin and History for channelled
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Science definitions for channelled



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 channelled


In addition to the idiom beginning with channel

  • channel surfing

also see:

  • go through channels
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