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Etymology

From Old French chanel (French: canal, chenal), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:la derivations]] canalis.

Noun

Singular
channel

Plural
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channel ({{{1}}})
  1. The physical confine of a river or slough, consisting of a bed and banks.
    The water coming out of the waterwheel created a standing wave in the channel.
  2. The natural or man-made deeper course through a reef, bar, bay, or any shallow body of water.
    A channel was dredged to allow ocean-going vessels to reach the city.
  3. The navigable part of a river.
    We were careful to keep our boat in the channel.
  4. A narrow body of water between two land masses.
    The English Channel lies between France and England.
  5. (electronics) A connection between initiating and terminating nodes of a circuit.
    The guard-rail provided the channel between the downed wire and the tree.
  6. (electronics) The narrow conducting portion of a MOSFET transistor.
  7. (communication) The part that connects a data source to a data sink.
    A channel stretches between them.
  8. (communication) A path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals, usually distinguished from other parallel paths.
    We are using one of the 24 channels.
  9. (communication) A single path provided by a transmission medium via physical separation, such as by multipair cable.
    The channel is created by bonding the signals from these four pairs.
  10. (communication) A single path provided by a transmission medium via spectral or protocol separation, such as by frequency or time-division multiplexing.
    Their call is being carried on channel 6 of the T-1 line.
  11. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies, usually in conjunction with a predetermined letter, number, or codeword, and allocated by international agreement.
    KNDD is the channel at 107.7 MHz in Seattle.
  12. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television.
    NBC is on channel 11 in San Jose.
  13. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.
    This chip in this disk drive is the channel device.
  14. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The way in a turbine pump where the pressure is built up.
    The liquid is pressurized in the lateral channel.
  15. (business) A channel of distribution
  16. (computing) A particular area for conversations on an IRC network, analogous to a chatroom and often dedicated to a specific topic.

Synonyms

  • (narrow body of water between two land masses) passage, sound, strait
  • (for television) side (dated British, from when there were only two channels), station (US)

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Verb

Infinitive
to channel

Third person singular
channels

Simple past
channelled or channeled

Past participle
-

Present participle
channeling or channelling

to channel (third-person singular simple present channels, present participle channeling or channelling, simple past and past participle channelled or channeled)
  1. To direct the flow of something.
    We will channel the traffic to the left with these cones.
  2. To assume the personality of another person, typically a historic figure, in a theatrical or paranormal presentation.
    When it is my turn to sing Karaoke, I am going to channel Ray Charles.

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