Definition of Channel

1. Noun. A path over which electrical signals can pass. "A channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company"

Exact synonyms: Transmission Channel
Generic synonyms: Transmission
Derivative terms: Channelize

2. Verb. Transmit or serve as the medium for transmission. "Many metals conduct heat"
Exact synonyms: Carry, Conduct, Convey, Impart, Transmit
Related verbs: Carry, Convey, Express, Carry
Generic synonyms: Bring, Convey, Take
Specialized synonyms: Wash Up, Pipe In, Bring In, Retransmit
Derivative terms: Carrier, Carry, Conduction, Conductive, Conductor, Conductor, Transmission, Transmittal

3. Noun. A passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through. "Gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street"
Specialized synonyms: Gutter, Trough, Limbers
Generic synonyms: Passage
Derivative terms: Channelize

4. Verb. Direct the flow of. "They channel the water from the sink"; "Channel information towards a broad audience"

5. Noun. A long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record).
Exact synonyms: Groove
Specialized synonyms: Dado, Flute, Fluting, Quirk, Rabbet, Rebate, Track, Rut, Stria, Striation, Washout
Generic synonyms: Depression, Impression, Imprint
Derivative terms: Groove, Groove

6. Verb. Send from one person or place to another. "They channel the parcel to their parents"; "Transmit a message"

7. Noun. A deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels. "The ship went aground in the channel"
Specialized synonyms: Harlem River, English Channel, Hampton Roads, Mozambique Channel, Windward Passage
Generic synonyms: Body Of Water, Water
Specialized synonyms: Canal, Gut, Rill, Sound, Strait, Tideway, Watercourse
Category relationships: River

8. Noun. (often plural) a means of communication or access. "Lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
Exact synonyms: Communication Channel, Line
Generic synonyms: Communicating, Communication
Specialized synonyms: Back Channel, Lens, Contact, Inter-group Communication, Liaison, Link, Line Of Gab, Patter, Spiel
Language type: Plural, Plural Form
Derivative terms: Channelize

9. Noun. A bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance. "Poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs"

10. Noun. A television station and its programs. "They offer more than one hundred channels"
Exact synonyms: Television Channel, Tv Channel
Generic synonyms: Television Station, Tv Station

11. Noun. A way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors. "Possible distribution channels are wholesalers or small retailers or retail chains or direct mailers or your own stores"
Exact synonyms: Distribution Channel
Generic synonyms: Marketing

Definition of Channel

1. n. The hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run.

2. v. t. To form a channel in; to cut or wear a channel or channels in; to groove.

Definition of Channel

1. Proper noun. (by ellipsis) the English Channel ¹

2. Noun. The physical confine of a river or slough, consisting of a bed and banks. ¹

3. Noun. The natural or man-made deeper course through a reef, bar, bay, or any shallow body of water. ¹

4. Noun. The navigable part of a river. ¹

5. Noun. A narrow body of water between two land masses. ¹

6. Noun. (electronics) A connection between initiating and terminating nodes of a circuit. ¹

7. Noun. (electronics) The narrow conducting portion of a MOSFET transistor. ¹

8. Noun. (communication) The part that connects a data source to a data sink. ¹

9. Noun. (communication) A path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals, usually distinguished from other parallel paths. ¹

10. Noun. (communication) A single path provided by a transmission medium via physical separation, such as by multipair cable. ¹

11. Noun. (communication) A single path provided by a transmission medium via spectral or protocol separation, such as by frequency or time-division multiplexing. ¹

12. Noun. (context: broadcasting) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies, usually in conjunction with a predetermined letter, number, or codeword, and allocated by international agreement. ¹

13. Noun. (context: broadcasting) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television. ¹

14. Noun. (context: storage) The portion of a storage medium, such as a track or a band, that is accessible to a given reading or writing station or head. ¹

15. Noun. (context: technic) The way in a turbine pump where the pressure is built up. ¹

16. Noun. (business marketing) A distribution channel ¹

17. Noun. (Internet) A particular area for conversations on an IRC network, analogous to a chatroom and often dedicated to a specific topic. ¹

18. Noun. (Internet) An obsolete means of delivering up-to-date Internet content. ¹

19. Verb. To direct the flow of something. ¹

20. Verb. To assume the personality of another person, typically a historic figure, in a theatrical or paranormal presentation. ¹

21. Noun. (nautical) The wale of a sailing ship which projects beyond the gunwale and to which the shrouds attach via the chains. ¹

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Definition of Channel

1. to direct along some desired course [v -NELED, -NELING, -NELS or -NELLED, -NELLING, -NELS]

Medical Definition of Channel

1. A furrow, gutter, or groovelike passageway. See: canal. Origin: L. Canalis (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Channel

changing of the guard
changing pad
changing room
changing rooms
channa dahl
channel (current term)
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channel cat
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channel fever
channel flashing
channel forming ionophore
channel gating
channel islands
channel of distribution
channel protein

Literary usage of Channel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1888)
"By this method the channel is protected from the choking which arises from the ... In a bank-protected channel along a flood-plain reach there is a constant ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1909)
"held that, in the absence of avulsion, the boundary was the varying center of the channel. But there ia no fixed rule making that the boundary between ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Humboldt Harbor and Bay, whose entrance is provided with protecting jetties, has a channel 300 feet wide and 18 feet deep. ..."

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