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channel

Noun

1 a path over which electrical signals can pass; "a channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company" [syn: transmission channel]
2 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"
3 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) [syn: groove]
4 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"
5 (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms" [syn: communication channel, line]
6 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" [syn: duct, epithelial duct, canal]
7 a television station and its programs; "a satellite TV channel"; "surfing through the channels"; "they offer more than one hundred channels" [syn: television channel, TV channel]
8 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" [syn: distribution channel]

Verb

1 transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat" [syn: conduct, transmit, convey, carry]
2 direct the flow of; "channel infomartion towards a broad audience" [syn: canalize, canalise]
3 send from one person or place to another; "transmit a message" [syn: transmit, transfer, transport, channelize, channelise] [also: channelling, channelled]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From chanel (French: canal, chenal), from canalis.

Noun

  1. The physical confine of a river or slough, consisting of a bed and banks.
    The water coming out of the waterwheel created a standing wave in the channel.
  2. The natural or man-made deeper course through a reef, bar, bay, or any shallow body of water.
    A channel was dredged to allow ocean-going vessels to reach the city.
  3. The navigable part of a river.
    We were careful to keep our boat in the channel.
  4. A narrow body of water between two land masses.
    The English Channel lies between France and England.
  5. A connection between initiating and terminating nodes of a circuit.
    The guard-rail provided the channel between the downed wire and the tree.
  6. The narrow conducting portion of a MOSFET transistor.
  7. The part that connects a data source to a data sink.
    A channel stretches between them.
  8. A path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals, usually distinguished from other parallel paths.
    We are using one of the 24 channels.
  9. A single path provided by a transmission medium via physical separation, such as by multipair cable.
    The channel is created by bonding the signals from these four pairs.
  10. A single path provided by a transmission medium via spectral or protocol separation, such as by frequency or time-division multiplexing.
    Their call is being carried on channel 6 of the T-1 line.
  11. In the context of "broadcasting": A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies, usually in conjunction with a predetermined letter, number, or codeword, and allocated by international agreement.
    KNDD is the channel at 107.7 MHz in Seattle.
  12. In the context of "broadcasting": A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television.
    NBC is on channel 11 in San Jose.
  13. In the context of "storage": The portion of a storage medium, such as a track or a band, that is accessible to a given reading or writing station or head.
    This chip in this disk drive is the channel device.
  14. In the context of "technic": The way in a turbine pump where the pressure is built up.
    The liquid is pressurized in the lateral channel.''
  15. A channel of distribution

Synonyms

Related terms

Translations

physical confine of a river or slough
  • Dutch: bedding, kanaal
natural or man-made deeper course through shallow body of water
  • Dutch: kanaal
navigable part of a river
  • Dutch: kanaal
narrow body of water between two land masses
electronics: connection between initiating and terminating nodes of a circuit
communication: part that connects a data source to a data sink
communication: path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals
communication: single path provided by a transmission medium via physical separation
communication: single path provided by a transmission via spectral or protocol separation
broadcasting: specific radio frequency or band of frequencies
  • Dutch: kanaal, zender
  • Finnish: kanava
  • French: chaîne
  • German: Kanal
  • Italian: canale
  • Japanese: チャンネル
  • Mandarin: (píndào)
  • Portuguese: canal
  • Russian: канал
  • Spanish: canal
broadcasting: specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television
  • Dutch: kanaal, zender
  • Finnish: kanava
  • French: chaîne
  • German: Kanal
  • Italian: canale
  • Japanese: チャンネル
  • Mandarin: (píndào)
  • Portuguese: canal
  • Russian: канал
  • Spanish: canal
storage: portion of a storage medium that is accessible to a given reading or writing station or head
technic: way in a turbine pump where the pressure is built up
Translations to be checked (for television)

Verb

  1. To direct the flow of something.
    We will channel the traffic to the left with these cones.
  2. To assume the personality of another person, typically a historic figure, in a theatrical or paranormal presentation.
    When it is my turn to sing Karaoke, I am going to channel Ray Charles.

Translations

direct the flow
  • Danish: kanalisere
  • Dutch: leiden, omleiden
  • Finnish: kanavoida
  • French: canaliser
  • German: lenken
  • Greek: διοχετεύω
  • Italian: convogliare
  • Japanese: 向ける
  • Mandarin: (yǐndǎo)
  • Polish: kierować
  • Portuguese: canalizar
  • Russian: направлять
  • Spanish: canalizar, dirigir
  • Swedish: kanalisera, leda
assume personality of other person
  • Dutch: nadoen, imiteren

Extensive Definition

A channel means a narrow deep waterway connecting two larger bodies of water; the deepest part of the waterway Channel may also refer to:
Channelling may also refer to:
Channels may also refer to:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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