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 channelization (audio) \ noun

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Examples of channelize in a Sentence

channelized all of his resources into winning that state's crucial primary
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Building along the creek has been a long-standing dream for the city since the 1980s, when officials first considered channelizing the creek to create neighborhoods and shopping centers. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "San Marcos council considers pausing Creek District plan," 3 Mar. 2018 If the town decides to remove it, the stream would be channelized with banks lined with stones. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Glastonbury Drains Pond Along Roaring Brook To Protect Dam," 10 Aug. 2017 Before engineers straightened and channelized the river in the 1920s, and diverted much of its flow for agriculture, the Rio Grande used to meander through the valley, Goyette explained. National Geographic, "Behind the Scenes of a Groundbreaking Wildlife Series," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of channelize

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Channelize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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