channel

channel
chan|nel1 W2S3 [ˈtʃænl] n
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1¦(television)¦
2¦(for getting information/goods etc)¦
3¦(sea/river)¦
4¦(water)¦
5¦(radio)¦
6¦(in a surface)¦
7¦(way to express yourself)¦
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: chanel, from Latin canalis; CANAL]
1.) ¦(TELEVISION)¦
a television station and all the programmes that it broadcasts
the news on Channel 4
The kids are watching cartoons on the Disney Channel.
What channel is ER on?
He changed channels to watch the basketball game.
2.) ¦(FOR GETTING INFORMATION/GOODS ETC)¦
a system or method that you use to send or obtain information, goods, permission etc
The United States and other countries are working through diplomatic channels to find a solution.
The new software will be sold through existing distribution channels .
channel of
It is important that we open channels of communication with the police.
3.) ¦(SEA/RIVER)¦
a) an area of water that connects two larger areas of water
St George's Channel
b) the Channel
BrE the area of water between France and England
= ↑the English Channel
c) the deepest part of a river, ↑harbour, or sea, especially where it is deep enough to allow ships to sail in
4.) ¦(WATER)¦
a passage that water or other liquids flow along
an irrigation channel
5.) ¦(RADIO)¦
a particular range of ↑sound waves which can be used to send and receive radio messages
6.) ¦(IN A SURFACE)¦
a long deep line cut into a surface or a long deep space between two edges
= ↑groove
The sliding doors fit into these plastic channels.
7.) ¦(WAY TO EXPRESS YOURSELF)¦
a way of expressing your thoughts, feelings, or physical energy
channel for
Art provides a channel for the children's creativity.
channel 2
channel2 past tense and past participle channelled present participle channelling BrE past tense and past participle channeled present participle channeling AmE
v [T]
1.) to control and direct something such as money or energy towards a particular purpose
= ↑direct channel sth into sth
Most of his energy was channeled into writing and lecturing.
channel sth to sb
Profits are channelled to conservation groups.
channel sth through sth
The famine relief money was channelled through the UN.
2.) to control or direct people or things to a particular place, work, situation etc
channel sb/sth into sth
Women were likely to be channeled into jobs as teachers or nurses.
Drugs from government pharmacies were being channeled into illegal drug markets.
3.) to cut a long deep line in something
Water had channelled grooves in the rock.
4.) to send water through a passage
An efficient irrigation system channels water to the crops.
5.) to allow a spirit to come into your body and speak through you, to tell people a message that you have received in this way
She claims to channel the spirit of a 2,000-year-old hunter.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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