channel surfing


Definition of channel surfing

: the action or practice of surfing through television programs usually by use of a remote control

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Other Words from channel surfing

channel surf intransitive verb
channel surfer noun

Examples of channel surfing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two years ago Dolores Aguilar-Fernandez, a Cy-Fair working mother, was channel surfing with her daughter before bed. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair mother Dolores Aguilar-Fernandez to appear on Food Network’s 'Worst Cooks In America'," 16 June 2020 Abe’s minute-long version depicts a somewhat saturnine-looking prime minister at his residence holding his dog, drinking tea and channel surfing. Gearoid Reidy,, "Japan Defends Abe After His ‘Dance at Home’ Video Sparks Backlash," 12 Apr. 2020 Maybe the cord-cutting era has largely done away with the act of channel surfing, but many of us rack up an equally large amount of idling time these days. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Straight to (CO)Video: We’re finally getting around to watching these things," 19 Apr. 2020 Not everyone likes the streaming experience, which turns the semi-passive act of channel surfing into more of an active hunt. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Netflix Was Only the Start: Disney Streaming Service Shakes an Industry," 10 Nov. 2019 As an fMRI device tracked blood flow in their brains, the students watched a series of video clips of varying lengths, an experience that Dr. Parkinson likened to channel surfing with somebody else in control of the remote. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "You Share Everything With Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves.," 16 Apr. 2018 Wlodkowski says that channel surfing is just the beginning. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Comcast’s new remote control feature allows viewers to change the channel with their eyes," 17 June 2019 The other day Steve and I were channel surfing and landed on an interview with a group of sister wives who were the stars of a new reality show. Christina Boufis, Woman's Day, "Which Witch is Which," 7 Oct. 2010 Later that summer, Lawrence Bommer wrote a slightly longer and more descriptive review of their act: When not spoofing channel surfing (a too frequent target), the Two White Guys' skits are decidedly better than the boob tube. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Comedy / Film Before Peele met Key or wanted to Get Out, he was onstage in Chicago," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of channel surfing

1988, in the meaning defined above

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“Channel surfing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of channel surfing

: the activity of using a remote control to change television stations quickly as you look for something to watch

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