noun chan·nel \ˈcha-nəl\

Definition of CHANNEL

a :  the bed where a natural stream of water runs
b :  the deeper part of a river, harbor, or strait
c :  a strait or narrow sea between two close landmasses
d :  a means of communication or expression: as
(1) :  a path along which information (as data or music) in the form of an electrical signal passes (2) plural :  a fixed or official course of communication <went through established military channels with his grievances>
e :  a way, course, or direction of thought or action <new channels of exploration>
f :  a band of frequencies of sufficient width for a single radio or television communication
g :  channeler
a :  a usually tubular enclosed passage :  conduit
b :  a passage created in a selectively permeable cell membrane by a conformational change in membrane proteins; also :  the proteins of such a passage — compare ion channel
:  a long gutter, groove, or furrow
:  a metal bar of flattened U-shaped section

Origin of CHANNEL

Middle English chanel, from Anglo-French, from Latin canalis channel — more at canal
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CHANNEL



: to express (your ideas, thoughts, feelings, energy, etc.) through a particular behavior or action

: to send (food, money, etc.) to someone or something

: to carry and move (something, such as water) in or through a tube, passage, etc.

channeled or channelledchannel·ing or channel·ling

Full Definition of CHANNEL

transitive verb
a :  to form, cut, or wear a channel in
b :  to make a groove in <channel a chair leg>
:  to convey or direct into or through a channel <channel his energy into useful work>
:  to serve as a channeler or intermediary for

Examples of CHANNEL

  1. She's started channeling her anger towards me.
  2. He channeled millions of dollars into the program.
  3. Their irrigation system channels water to the corn fields.

First Known Use of CHANNEL

15th century

Rhymes with CHANNEL



Definition of CHANNEL

:  one of the flat ledges of heavy plank or metal bolted edgewise to the outside of a ship to increase the spread of the shrouds

Origin of CHANNEL

alteration of chainwale, from 1chain + 1wale
First Known Use: 1769


noun chan·nel \ˈchan-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHANNEL

:  a usually tubular enclosed passage
a :  a passage created in a selectively permeable membrane by a conformational change in membrane proteins—see ion channel b :  a protein or cluster of proteins that functions as a channel—see calcium channel blocker


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