- the bed of a running stream, river, etc.
- the deeper part of a river, harbor, etc.
- a body of water joining two larger bodies of water
- a tubelike passage for liquids
- any means of passage
- a course through which something moves or is transmitted, conveyed, expressed, etc.
- [pl.] the proper or official course of transmission of communications: to make a request through army channels
- a long groove or furrow
- a rolled metal bar whose section is shaped thus ?also channel iron (or bar)
- a narrow band of frequencies within which a radio or television transmitting station must keep its signal to prevent interference with other transmitters
- any path that conducts an electronic signal between two points; specif., a pathway by which data is transmitted between two computers, a mainframe and a terminal, or a computer and a peripheral
Origin of channelMiddle English chanel, canel from OFr: see canal
transitive verb-·neled or -·nelled, -·nel·ing or -·nel·ling
- to make a channel or channels in
- to flute (a pillar, column, etc.)
- to send through a channel
- to serve as a medium for (a spirit) in channeling