Definitions for: Channel


[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] a television station and its programs; "a satellite TV channel"; "surfing through the channels"; "they offer more than one hundred channels"
[n] 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"
[n] a path over which electrical signals can pass; "a channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company"
[n] (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
[n] 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"
[n] 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)
[v] send from one person or place to another; "transmit a message"
[v] direct the flow of; also used abstractly, as of money or information
[v] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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["o]l.), a very large Australian cuckoo
(Scythrops Nov[ae]hollandi[ae].

Channel goose. (Zo["o]l.) See Gannet.


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.

Synonyms: canal, canalise, canalize, carry, channelise, channelize, communication channel, conduct, convey, distribution channel, duct, epithelial duct, groove, line, television channel, transfer, transmission channel, transmit, transmit, transport, TV channel

See Also: alimentary canal, alimentary tract, ampulla, aqueductus cerebri, bile duct, body of water, bring, bring, bring in, bronchiole, canal, canal of Schlemm, canaliculus, canalis cervicis uteri, canalis inguinalis, canalis vertebralis, cartilaginous tube, cerebral aqueduct, cervical canal, channelise, channelize, common bile duct, communicating, communication, contact, convey, dado, depression, digestive tract, digestive tube, direct, displace, ductule, ductulus, ductus deferens, ejaculatory duct, English Channel, epididymis, fetch, flute, fluting, gastrointestinal tract, get, GI tract, guide, Hampton Roads, Harlem River, Haversian canal, head, hepatic duct, impression, imprint, inguinal canal, inter-group communication, lachrymal duct, lacrimal duct, lactiferous duct, liaison, link, lymph vessel, lymphatic vessel, maneuver, manoeuvre, marketing, move, nasolacrimal duct, pancreatic duct, passage, passage, passageway, pipe in, point, pore, project, propagate, quirk, rabbet, rebate, release, retransmit, rill, rut, salivary duct, Schlemm's canal, seminal duct, send, send out, sinus, sinus venosus sclerae, sound, spinal canal, steer, strait, stria, striation, Sylvian aqueduct, take, tear duct, television station, tideway, track, translate, transmission, turn, TV station, umbilical cord, ureter, urethra, vagina, vas deferens, venous sinus, vertebral canal, wash up, water, watercourse

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