1. a path over which electrical signals can pass;
- Example: "a channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company"
[syn: channel, transmission channel]
2. a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through;
- Example: "the fields were crossed with irrigation channels"
- Example: "gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street"
3. 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);
[syn: groove, channel]
4. 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;
- Example: "the ship went aground in the channel"
5. (often plural) a means of communication or access;
- Example: "it must go through official channels"
- Example: "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
[syn: channel, communication channel, line]
6. a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance;
- Example: "the tear duct was obstructed"
- Example: "the alimentary canal"
- Example: "poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs"
[syn: duct, epithelial duct, canal, channel]
7. a television station and its programs;
- Example: "a satellite TV channel"
- Example: "surfing through the channels"
- Example: "they offer more than one hundred channels"
[syn: channel, television channel, TV channel]
8. a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors;
- Example: "possible distribution channels are wholesalers or small retailers or retail chains or direct mailers or your own stores"
[syn: distribution channel, channel]
1. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission;
- Example: "Sound carries well over water"
- Example: "The airwaves carry the sound"
- Example: "Many metals conduct heat"
[syn: impart, conduct, transmit, convey, carry, channel]
2. direct the flow of;
- Example: "channel information towards a broad audience"
[syn: channel, canalize, canalise]
3. send from one person or place to another;
- Example: "transmit a message"
[syn: transmit, transfer, transport, channel, channelize, channelise]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Channel \Chan"nel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Channeled, or Channelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Channeling, or Channelling.] 1. To form a channel in; to cut or wear a channel or channels in; to groove. [1913 Webster] No more shall trenching war channel her fields. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To course through or over, as in a channel. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Channel \Chan"nel\ (ch[a^]n"n[e^]l), n. [OE. chanel, canel, OF. chanel, F. chenel, fr. L. canalis. See Canal.] 1. The hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run. [1913 Webster] 2. The deeper part of a river, harbor, strait, etc., where the main current flows, or which affords the best and safest passage for vessels. [1913 Webster] 3. (Geog.) A strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of lands; as, the British Channel. [1913 Webster] 4. That through which anything passes; a means of passing, conveying, or transmitting; as, the news was conveyed to us by different channels. [1913 Webster] The veins are converging channels. --Dalton. [1913 Webster] At best, he is but a channel to convey to the National assembly such matter as may import that body to know. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 5. A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column. [1913 Webster] 6. pl. [Cf. Chain wales.] (Naut.) Flat ledges of heavy plank bolted edgewise to the outside of a vessel, to increase the spread of the shrouds and carry them clear of the bulwarks. [1913 Webster] 7. pl. official routes of communication, especially the official means by which information should be transmitted in a bureaucracy; as, to submit a request through channels; you have to go through channels. [PJC] 8. a band of electromagnetic wave frequencies that is used for one-way or two-way radio communication; especially, the frequency bands assigned by the FTC for use in television broadcasting, and designated by a specific number; as, channel 2 in New York is owned by CBS. [PJC] 9. one of the signals in an electronic device which receives or sends more than one signal simultaneously, as in stereophonic radios, records, or CD players, or in measuring equipment which gathers multiple measurements simultaneously. [PJC] 10. (Cell biology) an opening in a cell membrane which serves to actively transport or allow passive transport of substances across the membrane; as, an ion channel in a nerve cell. [PJC] 11. (Computers) a path for transmission of signals between devices within a computer or between a computer and an external device; as, a DMA channel. [PJC] Channel bar, Channel iron (Arch.), an iron bar or beam having a section resembling a flat gutter or channel. Channel bill (Zool.), a very large Australian cuckoo (Scythrops Nov[ae]hollandi[ae]. Channel goose. (Zool.) See Gannet. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
channel chat room room
(Or "chat room", "room", depending on the system in question) The basic unit of group discussion in chat systems like IRC. Once one joins a channel, everything one types is read by others on that channel. Channels can either be named with numbers or with strings that begin with a "#" sign and can have topic descriptions (which are generally irrelevant to the actual subject of discussion). Some notable channels are "#initgame", "#hottub" and "#report". At times of international crisis, "#report" has hundreds of members, some of whom take turns listening to various news services and typing in summaries of the news, or in some cases, giving first-hand accounts of the action (e.g. Scud missile attacks in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War in 1991). [Jargon File] (1998-01-25)The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
channel n. [IRC] The basic unit of discussion on IRC. Once one joins a channel, everything one types is read by others on that channel. Channels are named with strings that begin with a ?#? sign and can have topic descriptions (which are generally irrelevant to the actual subject of discussion). Some notable channels are #initgame, #hottub, callahans, and #report. At times of international crisis, #report has hundreds of members, some of whom take turns listening to various news services and typing in summaries of the news, or in some cases, giving first-hand accounts of the action (e.g., Scud missile attacks in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War in 1991).Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Channel (1.) The bed of the sea or of a river (Ps. 18:15; Isa. 8:7). (2.) The "chanelbone" (Job 31:22 marg.), properly "tube" or "shaft," an old term for the collar-bone.Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
248 Moby Thesaurus words for "channel": EDP, access, adolescent stream, adviser, aisle, alley, amateur band, ambulatory, announcer, annunciator, aperture, approach, approaches, aqueduct, arcade, arroyo, artery, authority, avenue, band, basin, beck, bed, bit, blowhole, bottleneck, bottom, bourn, braided stream, branch, brook, brooklet, burn, canal, canalization, canalize, carry, carve, chamfer, channelize, chisel, chute, citizens band, cloister, colonnade, communicant, communication, communication explosion, communication theory, communicator, conduct, conduit, connection, convey, corridor, corrugate, coulee, course, covered way, crack, creek, crick, crimp, cut, dado, data retrieval, data storage, debouch, decoding, defile, dike, direct, ditch, door, duct, egress, electronic data processing, emunctory, encoding, engrave, enlightener, entrenchment, entropy, escape, estuary, exhaust, exit, expert witness, fairway, ferry, floodgate, floor, flowing stream, flume, flute, fluviation, ford, fosse, frequency band, fresh, freshet, funnel, furrow, gallery, gash, gill, goffer, gossipmonger, gouge, grapevine, groove, ground, guide, gully, gutter, ha-ha, incise, informant, information center, information explosion, information medium, information theory, informer, inlet, interchange, intersection, interviewee, isthmus, junction, kennel, kill, lane, lazy stream, lead, loophole, meandering stream, means, medium, midchannel, midstream, millstream, moat, monitor, mouthpiece, moving road, narrow, narrows, navigable river, neck, newsmonger, noise, notifier, ocean bottom, opening, out, outcome, outfall, outgate, outgo, outlet, overpass, pass, passage, passageway, path, pipe, pipeline, pleat, plow, police band, pore, port, portico, press, public relations officer, publisher, put through, put through channels, rabbet, race, racing stream, radio, radio channel, railroad tunnel, redundancy, reporter, rifle, river, rivulet, road, run, rundle, runlet, runnel, rut, sally port, score, scratch, sea lane, seaway, ship route, shortwave band, signal, sike, siphon, slit, sluice, source, spill stream, spiracle, spokesman, spout, standard band, steamer track, strait, streak, stream, stream action, streamlet, striate, subterranean river, sunk fence, tap, television, teller, throat, tipster, tout, traject, trajet, transmit, trench, trough, tube, tunnel, underpass, vent, ventage, venthole, vomitory, wadi, watercourse, waterway, way, way out, weir, witness, wrinkle