channelize

verb

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

transitive verb

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: to straighten by means of a channel
channelize a stream
channelization noun

Example Sentences

channelized all of his resources into winning that state's crucial primary
Recent Examples on the Web Once the world figures a way to address the inequality, then everyone can channelize their resources to fight other issues such as climate change and terrorism. Naveen Joshi, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 The India Crypto Relief Fund, set up in April this year, aims to channelize money from across the world towards India’s Covid-19 battle. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 13 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 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, SFChronicle.com, 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, 28 Oct. 2019 The fountains were feeding channelized lava flows down to the coast. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Fox News, 24 May 2018 The fountains were feeding channelized lava flows down to the coast. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, chicagotribune.com, 24 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of channelize was in 1609

Cite this Entry

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

Kids Definition

channelize

verb

chan·​nel·​ize ˈchan-ᵊl-ˌīz How to pronounce channelize (audio)
channelized; channelizing
1
2
: to straighten by means of a channel
channelize a stream
channelization noun
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