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Definitions of channel

  1. a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; " the tear duct was obstructed"; " the alimentary canal"; " poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs"
  2. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission, as of sounds or images; " Sound carries well over water"; " The airwaves carry the sound"; " Many metals conduct heat"
  3. 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"
  4. a passage for water ( or other fluids) to flow through; " the fields were crossed with irrigation channels"; " gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street"
  5. a television station and its programs; " a satellite TV channel"; " surfing through the channels"; " they offer more than one hundred channels"
  6. ( often plural) a means of communication or access; " it must go through official channels"; " lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
  7. 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"
  8. 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)
  9. send from one person or place to another; " transmit a message"
  10. direct the flow of; " channel infomartion towards a broad audience"
  11. The hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run.
  12. The deeper part of a river, harbor, strait, etc., where the main current flows, or which affords the best and safest passage for vessels.
  13. A strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of lands; as, the British Channel.
  14. That through which anything passes; means of passing, conveying, or transmitting; as, the news was conveyed to us by different channels.
  15. A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.
  16. 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.
  17. To form a channel in; to cut or wear a channel or channels in; to groove.
  18. To course through or over, as in a channel.
  19. The bed of a stream; the deepest part of a strait, bay, harbor, etc.; a long groove or furrow; a way by which anything may be carried.
  20. To cut or wear grooves or furrows in.
  21. Canal, a passage through which a liquid flows.
  22. The bed of a stream of water: the deeper part of a strait, bay, or harbor: a strait or narrow sea: means of passing or conveying.
  23. A passage for a stream; furrow.
  24. To cut into channels.
  25. To cut or wear channels in.
  26. The bed of a stream; deep part of a river; a wide strait; any groove or passage.
  27. A river- bed; n watercourse; the deeper part of a strait, bay, or harbour; a narrow sea between two continents, or between a continent and an island; means of conveying or transmitting; a groove or furrow, as in a column.
  28. To groove. See Canal.
  29. To groove; to cut or form into a channel.
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Usage examples for channel

  1. Affairs proceeded nearly in their old channel. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  2. Afterwards we will ask you to build us a raft, which I think would be better, as there are many rocks in the channel. – The Golden Rock by Ernest Glanville
  3. The channel don't look the same though as when I was through here last. – Swamp Island by Mildred A. Wirt
  4. " All that aren't at the bottom of the Channel. – The World Peril of 1910 by George Griffith
  5. I closed my eyes for a second, and the piece of bread finally found the right channel. – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  6. But, before the hour of meeting her arrived, his thoughts were turned into an entirely new channel. – The Chautauqua Girls At Home by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
  7. Ten days later, I was afloat on the Channel, bound for South Africa. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  8. The ship was near the mouth of the English channel when hit. – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  9. It is not the channel of Grace! – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  10. The Post Office has also served as a channel of secret trade. – South America and the War by F. A. Kirkpatrick
  11. The Avenger had entered the southern channel, with the wind from the southward, and had carefully sounded her way for about four miles, under little or no sail. – The Pirate by Frederick Marryat
  12. A mile out across the channel a black band has settled on the shining water. – My Tropic Isle by E J Banfield
  13. I would have turned it back into the right channel, the good of my people! – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  14. One channel but opened on another. – The Canadian Commonwealth by Agnes C. Laut
  15. The channel had partly recovered its appearance, and it may be our old one after all. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  16. Has the river changed its channel, and made new land where there was only sand before? – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  17. Having got fairly through the channel, M. Taitbout was himself again. – Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c. by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
  18. There were glorious nights when the stars were blazing out, and the moon was on the water, and the young pilot could follow a clear channel and dream long dreams. – The Boys' Life of Mark Twain by Albert Bigelow Paine
  19. This way was to get into the road and channel for the ships from Stockholm to the Dollars, which is near twenty Swedish miles for the ships to go about. – A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II. by Bulstrode Whitelocke
  20. As we stood out into the middle of the channel, I thought of the great boats that must feel their way through the dense fog in evil weather. – Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North by Fullerton Waldo
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