- the bed of a stream, river, or other waterway.
- Nautical. a navigable route between two bodies of water.
- the deeper part of a waterway.
- a wide strait, as between a continent and an island.
- a course into which something may be directed: He hoped to direct the conversation to a new channel.
- a route through which anything passes or progresses: channels of trade.
- channels, the specific, prescribed, or official course or means of communication: In an emergency he was able to reach the governor without going through channels.
- a groove or furrow.
- a means of access: He considers the Senate a channel to the White House.
- a flute in a column, especially one having no fillet between it and other flutes.
- any of the prominent vertical grooves in a triglyph.
- (in jazz or popular music) a bridge.
- a frequency band of sufficient width for one- or two-way communication from or to a transmitter used for television, radio, CB radio, telephone, or telegraph communication.
- Computers. a path for the transfer of signals or data within a computer or between a computer and its peripheral equipment.
- Digital Technology.
- feed(def 23): Learn how to create your own web channel.
- a web page or website that distributes frequently updated content by means of a feed: Subscribe to my YouTube channel.
- either of the two signals in stereophonic or any single signal in multichannel sound recording and reproduction.
- Cell Biology. a transient opening made by a protein embedded in a cell membrane, permitting passage of specific ions or molecules into or out of the cell: calcium channel.
- a tubular passage for liquids or fluids.
- Building Trades.
- any structural member, as one of reinforced concrete, having the form of three sides of a rectangle.
- a number of such members: channel in 100-foot lengths.
- channel iron.
verb (used with object), chan·neled, chan·nel·ing or (especially British) chan·nelled, chan·nel·ling.
- to convey through or as through a channel: He channeled the information to us.
- to direct toward or into some particular course: to channel one’s interests.
- to excavate as a channel.
- to form a channel in; groove.
verb (used without object), chan·neled, chan·nel·ing or (especially British) chan·nelled, chan·nel·ling.
- to become marked by a channel: Soft earth has a tendency to channel during a heavy rain.
- a horizontal timber or ledge built outboard from the side of a sailing vessel to spread shrouds and backstays outward.
- a broad strait connecting two areas of sea
- the bed or course of a river, stream, or canal
- a navigable course through a body of water
- (often plural) a means or agency of access, communication, etcto go through official channels
- a course into which something can be directed or moveda new channel of thought
- a band of radio frequencies assigned for a particular purpose, esp the broadcasting of a television signal
- a path for an electromagnetic signala stereo set has two channels
- a thin semiconductor layer between the source and drain of a field-effect transistor, the conductance of which is controlled by the gate voltage
- a tubular or trough-shaped passage for fluids
- a groove or flute, as in the shaft of a column
- a path along which data can be transmitted between a central processing unit and one or more peripheral devices
- one of the lines along the length of a paper tape on which information can be stored in the form of punched holes
- short for channel iron
verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled
- to provide or be provided with a channel or channels; make or cut channels in (something)
- (tr) to guide into or convey through a channel or channelsinformation was channelled through to them
- to serve as a medium through whom the spirit of (a person of a former age) allegedly communicates with the living
- (tr) to exhibit the traits of (another person) in one’s actions
- (tr) to form a groove or flute in (a column, etc)
- nautical a flat timber or metal ledge projecting from the hull of a vessel above the chainplates to increase the angle of the shrouds
- the Channel short for English Channel
early 14c., “bed of running water,” from Old French chanel “bed of a waterway; tube, pipe, gutter,” from Latin canalis “groove, channel, waterpipe” (see canal). Given a broader, figurative sense 1530s (of information, commerce, etc.); meaning “circuit for telegraph communication” (1848) probably led to that of “band of frequency for radio or TV signals” (1928). The Channel Islands are the French Îles Anglo-Normandes.
1590s, “to wear channels in,” from channel (n.). Meaning “convey in a channel” is from 1640s. Related: Channeled; channeling.
- A specified frequency band for the transmission and reception of electromagnetic signals, as for television signals.
- The part of a field effect transistor, usually U-shaped, through which current flows from the source to the drain. See more at field effect transistor.
- A pathway through a protein molecule in a cell membrane that modulates the electrical potential across the membrane by controlling the passage of small inorganic ions into and out of the cell.
- The bed or deepest part of a river or harbor.
- A large strait, especially one that connects two seas.
In addition to the idiom beginning with channel
- channel surfing
- go through channels