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channel

noun chan·nel \ ˈcha-nᵊl \

Definition of channel

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 : channeler
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

Origin and Etymology of channel

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


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channel

verb

Definition of channel

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

Examples of channel in a Sentence

  1. She's started channeling her anger towards me.

  2. He channeled millions of dollars into the program.

Origin and Etymology of channel

channel Synonyms


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channel

noun

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 (see 1shroud 4a)

Origin and Etymology of channel

alteration of chainwale, from 1chain + 1wale


CHANNEL Defined for English Language Learners

channel

verb

Definition of channel for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


CHANNEL Defined for Kids

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channel

noun chan·nel \ ˈcha-nᵊl \

Definition of channel for Students

1 : the bed of a stream
2 : the deeper part of a waterway (as a river or harbor)
3 : a strait or a narrow sea
  • the English Channel
4 : a passage (as a tube) through which something flows
  • an irrigation channel
5 : a long groove
6 : a means by which something is passed or carried from one place or person to another
  • channels of trade
  • a channel of communication
7 : a band of frequencies used by a single radio or television station in broadcasting
  • What's on this channel?

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channel

verb

Definition of channel for Students

channeled or channelled; channeling or channelling
: to direct into or through a passage or channel
  • Water was channeled into the pond.

Medical Dictionary

channel

noun chan·nel \ ˈchan-ᵊl \

medical Definition of channel

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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