[ chan-l ]
/ ˈtʃæn l /
the bed of a stream, river, or other waterway.
Nautical. a navigable route between two bodies of water.
the deeper part of a waterway.
a wide strait, as between a continent and an island.
a course into which something may be directed: He hoped to direct the conversation to a new channel.
a route through which anything passes or progresses: channels of trade.
channels, the specific, prescribed, or official course or means of communication: In an emergency he was able to reach the governor without going through channels.
a groove or furrow.
a means of access: He considers the Senate a channel to the White House.
- a flute in a column, especially one having no fillet between it and other flutes.
- any of the prominent vertical grooves in a triglyph.
(in jazz or popular music) a bridge.
a frequency band of sufficient width for one- or two-way communication from or to a transmitter used for television, radio, CB radio, telephone, or telegraph communication.
Computers. a path for the transfer of signals or data within a computer or between a computer and its peripheral equipment.
- feed(def 23): Learn how to create your own web channel.
- a web page or website that distributes frequently updated content by means of a feed: Subscribe to my YouTube channel.
either of the two signals in stereophonic or any single signal in multichannel sound recording and reproduction.
Cell Biology. a transient opening made by a protein embedded in a cell membrane, permitting passage of specific ions or molecules into or out of the cell: calcium channel.
a tubular passage for liquids or fluids.
- any structural member, as one of reinforced concrete, having the form of three sides of a rectangle.
- a number of such members: channel in 100-foot lengths.
- channel iron.
verb (used with object), chan·neled, chan·nel·ing or (especially British) chan·nelled, chan·nel·ling.
to convey through or as through a channel: He channeled the information to us.
to direct toward or into some particular course: to channel one's interests.
to excavate as a channel.
to form a channel in; groove.
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 channel1
1250–1300; Middle English chanel < Old French < Latin canālis waterpipe; see canal
OTHER WORDS FROM channel
chan·nel·er; especially British, chan·nel·ler, nounmul·ti·chan·neled, adjectivemul·ti·chan·nelled, adjectivenon·chan·neled, adjective
un·chan·neled, adjectiveun·chan·nelled, adjective
Words nearby channel
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British Dictionary definitions for multi-channeled (1 of 3)
/ (ˈtʃænəl) /
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
- a band of radio frequencies assigned for a particular purpose, esp the broadcasting of a television signal
- a path for an electromagnetic signala stereo set has two channels
- 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
- a path along which data can be transmitted between a central processing unit and one or more peripheral devices
- 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 forms of channelchanneller, noun
Word Origin for channel
C13: from Old French chanel, from Latin canālis pipe, groove, conduit; see canal
British Dictionary definitions for multi-channeled (2 of 3)
/ (ˈtʃænəl) /
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 multi-channeled (3 of 3)
/ (ˈtʃænəl) /
the Channel short for English Channel
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Scientific definitions for multi-channeled
[ chăn′əl ]
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 multi-channeled
In addition to the idiom beginning with channel
- channel surfing
- go through channels
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