Meaning of CHANNEL in English

CHANNEL

/ ˈtʃænl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

ON TELEVISION / RADIO

1.

[ C ] a television station :

What's on Channel 4 tonight?

a movie / sports channel

to change / switch channels

2.

[ C ] a band of radio waves used for broadcasting television or radio programmes :

terrestrial / satellite channels

FOR COMMUNICATING

3.

[ C ] (also chan·nels [ pl. ]) a method or system that people use to get information, to communicate, or to send sth somewhere :

Complaints must be made through the proper channels .

The newsletter is a useful channel of communication between teacher and students.

The company has worldwide distribution channels.

FOR IDEAS / FEELINGS

4.

[ C ] a way of expressing ideas and feelings :

The campaign provided a channel for protest against the war.

Music is a great channel for releasing your emotions.

WATER

5.

[ C ] a passage that water can flow along, especially in the ground, on the bottom of a river, etc. :

drainage channels in the rice fields

6.

[ C ] a deep passage of water in a river or near the coast that can be used as route for ships

7.

[ C ] a passage of water that connects two areas of water, especially two seas :

the Bristol Channel

8.

the Channel [ sing. ] the area of sea between England and France, also known as the English Channel :

the Channel Tunnel

cross-Channel ferries

news from across the Channel (= from France)

■ verb

( -ll- , NAmE usually -l- ) [ vn ]

IDEAS / FEELINGS

1.

channel sth (into sth) to direct money, feelings, ideas, etc. towards a particular thing or purpose :

He channels his aggression into sport.

MONEY / HELP

2.

channel sth (through sth) to send money, help, etc. using a particular route :

Money for the project will be channelled through local government.

WATER / LIGHT

3.

to carry or send water, light, etc. through a passage :

A sensor channels the light signal along an optical fibre.

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French chanel , from Latin canalis pipe, groove, channel, from canna reed from Greek kanna , kannē , of Semitic origin. Compare with canal .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.