Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a path over which electrical signals can pass
  2. (noun, artifact) a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through
    gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street
  3. (noun, shape) 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)
  4. (noun, object) 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
  5. (noun, communication) (often plural) a means of communication or access
    lines of communication were set up between the two firms
  6. (noun, body) a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance
    the alimentary canal
    poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs
  7. (noun, artifact) a television station and its programs
    surfing through the channels
    they offer more than one hundred channels
  8. (noun, act) a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors
  9. (verb, motion) transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
    The airwaves carry the sound
    Many metals conduct heat
  10. (verb, motion) direct the flow of
  11. (verb, contact) send from one person or place to another

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Alternate forms of Channel

Derivations: channel, channelisation, channelization, channelize

Hyponyms: alimentary canal, alimentary tract, aqueductus cerebri, back channel, bile duct, bring, bring in, bronchiole, canal, canal of schlemm, canaliculus, canalis cervicis uteri, canalis inguinalis, canalis vertebralis, cartilaginous tube, cerebral aqueduct, cervical canal, common bile duct, contact, convey, dado, digestive tract, digestive tube, ductule, ductulus, ductus deferens, ejaculatory duct, epididymis, fetch, flute, fluting, gastrointestinal tract, get, gi tract, gut, gutter, haversian canal, hepatic duct, inguinal canal, inter-group communication, lachrymal duct, lacrimal duct, lactiferous duct, lens, liaison, limbers, line of gab, link, lymph vessel, lymphatic vessel, nasolacrimal duct, pancreatic duct, patter, pipe in, pore, project, propagate, quirk, rabbet, rebate, release, retransmit, rill, rut, salivary duct, schlemm's canal, seminal duct, send, send out, sinus, sinus venosus sclerae, sound, spiel, spinal canal, strait, stria, striation, sylvian aqueduct, tear duct, tideway, track, translate, trough, turn, umbilical, umbilical cord, ureter, urethra, vagina, vas deferens, venous sinus, vertebral canal, wash up, washout, watercourse

Hypernyms: body of water, bring, channelise, channelize, communicating, communication, convey, depression, direct, displace, guide, head, impression, imprint, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, marketing, move, passage, passageway, point, steer, take, television station, transmission, tv station, water

Origin of the word Channel

  1. c.1300, "bed of running water," from O.Fr. chanel, from L. canalis "groove, channel, waterpipe" (see canal) Given a broader, figurative sense and a verbal meaning 1590s. Meaning "circuit for telegraph communication" (1848) probably led to that of "band of frequency for radio or TV signals" (1928). more

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