channel

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noun (1)

chan·​nel ˈcha-nᵊl How to pronounce channel (audio)
1
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
crossed the English Channel
d
: a means of communication or expression: such as
(1)
: a path along which information (such as data or music) in the form of an electrical signal passes
(2)
channels 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
h
: an account on an online media sharing or streaming service from which one can make media content (such as videos) available to others using the service
The video was posted Saturday and has been viewed thousands of times since being picked up by YouTube channels devoted to UFOs and unsolved mysteries … Mark Price
The Washington Post and Bloomberg covered the Russia-United States summit live on their Twitch channels. Alexandra Arriaga
2
a
: a usually tubular enclosed passage : conduit
the poison channel in a snake's fangs
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
3
: a long gutter, groove, or furrow
a road channel
4
: a metal bar of flattened U-shaped section

channel

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verb

channeled or channelled; channeling or channelling

transitive verb

1
a
: to form, cut, or wear a channel in
The river channeled a new course.
b
: to make a groove in
channel a chair leg
2
: to convey or direct into or through a channel
channel his energy into useful work
3
: to serve as a channeler or intermediary for
a 35,000-year-old female channeled by a 40-year-old housewife

channel

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noun (2)

: 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 (see shroud entry 1 sense 3a)

Example Sentences

Verb She's started channeling her anger towards me. He channeled millions of dollars into the program.

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1) and Verb

Middle English chanel, from Anglo-French, from Latin canalis channel — more at canal

Noun (2)

alteration of chainwale, from chain entry 1 + wale entry 1

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1672, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of channel was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near channel

Cite this Entry

“Channel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/channel. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

channel 1 of 2

noun

chan·​nel ˈchan-ᵊl How to pronounce channel (audio)
1
: the bed of a stream
2
: the deeper part of a river, harbor, or strait
3
: a strait or a narrow sea between two close large areas of land
the English Channel
4
: a way of passing something along
negotiating through diplomatic channels
5
: a group of frequencies close enough in value for a single radio or television communication
6
: a closed passage through which something flows
7
: a long gutter, groove, or track

channel

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verb

channeled or channelled; channeling or channelling
1
: to form a channel in
2
: to direct into or through a channel

Medical Definition

channel

noun

chan·​nel ˈchan-ᵊl How to pronounce channel (audio)
1
: a usually tubular enclosed passage
2
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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