chan·​nel·​ize | \ ˈcha-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce channelize (audio) \
channelized; channelizing

Definition of channelize

transitive verb

3 : to straighten by means of a channel channelize a stream

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channelization \ ˌcha-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce channelize (audio) \ noun

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channelized all of his resources into winning that state's crucial primary
Recent Examples on the Web Here’s the oversimplified explanation of the problem: The river has been channelized, which prevents enough freshwater from reaching the marsh. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Video: Meet the Duck Hunting Queen of Plaquemines Parish," 22 Apr. 2020 Like many urban American rivers, the Menomonee had been polluted, dammed and channelized over the last 200 years. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Steelhead fishing in Wauwatosa? Restoration projects on the Menomonee are showing their value.," 18 Apr. 2020 The creek was channelized in the 1930s, using boulders, and the woody debris that fell naturally into the creek, creating the pools, was removed. Peter Fimrite,, "Major push to save Muir Woods salmon run includes creek, habitat work," 10 Dec. 2019 For half a mile the whole watercourse was de-channelized, so that the spring water could bend through the park, alternating slow curves and fast runs with rippling currents. Patrick Symmes, Harper's magazine, "The $68,000 Fish," 28 Oct. 2019 The fountains were feeding channelized lava flows down to the coast. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Fox News, "Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flows," 24 May 2018 The fountains were feeding channelized lava flows down to the coast. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher,, "Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flows; more evacuations possible," 24 May 2018 Doyle recounts centuries of such engineering exploits: channelizing, straightening out rivers’ natural meanders, deepening their pathways, and scouring their beds of silt. Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Can Rivers Be People Too?," 9 May 2018 Before settlers drained it and channelized its waters, the Delta was a vast tidal marsh that expanded each rainy season and shrank during the Central Valley's hot summers. Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Massive Delta tunnels project took a giant step forward – here’s what you need to know | The Sacramento Bee," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of channelize

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Channelize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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