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Meaning of channel

chan•nel

Pronunciation: (chan'l), [key]
— n., v., -neled, -nel•ing -nelled, -nel•ling.
—n.
  1. the bed of a stream, river, or other waterway.
  2. a navigable route between two bodies of water.
  3. the deeper part of a waterway.
  4. a wide strait, as between a continent and an island.
  5. a course into which something may be directed: He hoped to direct the conversation to a new channel.
  6. a route through which anything passes or progresses: channels of trade.
  7. the specific, prescribed, or official course or means of communication: In an emergency he was able to reach the governor without going through channels.
  8. a groove or furrow.
  9. a means of access: He considers the Senate a channel to the White House.
    1. a flute in a column, esp. one having no fillet between it and other flutes.
    2. any of the prominent vertical grooves in a triglyph.
  10. (in jazz or popular music) a bridge.
  11. 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.
  12. a path for the transfer of signals or data within a computer or between a computer and its peripheral equipment.
  13. either of the two signals in stereophonic or any single signal in multichannel sound recording and reproduction.
  14. 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.
  15. a tubular passage for liquids or fluids.
  16. channel in 100-foot lengths.
    1. any structural member, as one of reinforced concrete, having the form of three sides of a rectangle.
    2. a number of such members:channel in 100-foot lengths.
    3. Seechannel iron.
—v.t.
  1. to convey through or as through a channel: He channeled the information to us.
  2. to direct toward or into some particular course: to channel one's interests.
  3. to excavate as a channel.
  4. to form a channel in; groove.
—v.i.
  1. to become marked by a channel: Soft earth has a tendency to channel during a heavy rain.

chan•nel

Pronunciation: (chan'l), [key]
— n.
  1. a horizontal timber or ledge built outboard from the side of a sailing vessel to spread shrouds and backstays outward.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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