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English Dictionary: channel by the DICT Development Group
6 results for channel
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
channel
n
  1. a path over which electrical signals can pass; "a channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company"
    Synonym(s): channel, transmission channel
  2. 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"
  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)
    Synonym(s): 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; "the ship went aground in the channel"
  5. (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
    Synonym(s): channel, communication channel, line
  6. 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"
    Synonym(s): duct, epithelial duct, canal, channel
  7. a television station and its programs; "a satellite TV channel"; "surfing through the channels"; "they offer more than one hundred channels"
    Synonym(s): channel, television channel, TV channel
  8. 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"
    Synonym(s): distribution channel, channel
v
  1. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat"
    Synonym(s): impart, conduct, transmit, convey, carry, channel
  2. direct the flow of; "channel information towards a broad audience"
    Synonym(s): channel, canalize, canalise
  3. send from one person or place to another; "transmit a message"
    Synonym(s): transmit, transfer, transport, channel, channelize, channelise
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
  
                     No more shall trenching war channel her fields.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
      2. To course through or over, as in a channel. --Cowper.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Channel \Chan"nel\, 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.
  
      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.
  
      3. (Geog.) A strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of
            lands; as, the British Channel.
  
      4. That through which anything passes; means of passing,
            conveying, or transmitting; as, the news was conveyed to
            us by different channels.
  
                     The veins are converging channels.      --Dalton.
  
                     At best, he is but a channel to convey to the
                     National assembly such matter as may import that
                     body to know.                                    --Burke.
  
      5. A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.
  
      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.
  
      {Channel bar}, {Channel iron} (Arch.), an iron bar or beam
            having a section resembling a flat gutter or channel.
  
      {Channel bill} (Zo[94]l.), a very large Australian cuckoo
            ({Scythrops Nov[91]hollandi[91]}.
  
      {Channel goose}. (Zo[94]l.) See {Gannet}.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   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).
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   channel
  
      (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)
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   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.
     
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