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noun chan·nel \ˈcha-nəl\

Definition of channel

  1. 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 d :  a means of communication or expression: as (1) :  a path along which information (as data or music) in the form of an electrical signal passes (2) 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. 2 a :  a usually tubular enclosed passage :  conduit 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. 3 :  a long gutter, groove, or furrow

  4. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


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channel

verb chan·nel

Definition of channel

channeled

or

channelled

channeling

or

channelling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to form, cut, or wear a channel in b :  to make a groove in <channel a chair leg>

  3. 2 :  to convey or direct into or through a channel <channel his energy into useful work>

  4. 3 :  to serve as a channeler or intermediary for

Examples of channel in a sentence

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

  2. He channeled millions of dollars into the program.

15th Century

First Known Use of channel

15th century


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channel

noun chan·nel

Definition of channel

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of channel

alteration of chainwale, from 1chain + 1wale


First Known Use: 1769


CHANNEL Defined for English Language Learners


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channel

verb chan·nel

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

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noun chan·nel \ˈcha-nəl\

Definition of channel for Students

  1. 1 :  the bed of a stream

  2. 2 :  the deeper part of a waterway (as a river or harbor)

  3. 3 :  a strait or a narrow sea <the English Channel>

  4. 4 :  a passage (as a tube) through which something flows <an irrigation channel>

  5. 5 :  a long groove

  6. 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. 7 :  a band of frequencies used by a single radio or television station in broadcasting <What's on this channel?>


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verb chan·nel

Definition of channel for Students

channeled

or

channelled

channeling

or

channelling

  1. :  to direct into or through a passage or channel <Water was channeled into the pond.>


Channel

geographical name chan·nel

Definition of Channel for Students

  1. islands in English Channel belonging to United Kingdom


Medical Dictionary

channel

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noun chan·nel \ˈchan-əl\

Medical Definition of channel

  1. 1:  a usually tubular enclosed passage

  2. 2a:  a passage created in a selectively permeable membrane by a conformational change in membrane proteins—see ion channelb:  a protein or cluster of proteins that functions as a channel—see calcium channel blocker



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