Meaning of CHANNEL in English

channel 1

— channeler; esp. Brit., channeller , n.

/chan"l/ , n. , v. , channeled, channeling or ( esp. Brit. ) channelled, channelling .


1. the bed of a stream, river, or other waterway.

2. Naut. a navigable route between two bodies of water.

3. the deeper part of a waterway.

4. a wide strait, as between a continent and an island.

5. a course into which something may be directed: He hoped to direct the conversation to a new channel.

6. a route through which anything passes or progresses: channels of trade.

7. channels , the specific, prescribed, or official course or means of communication: In an emergency he was able to reach the governor without going through channels.

8. a groove or furrow.

9. a means of access: He considers the Senate a channel to the White House.

10. Archit.

a. a flute in a column, esp. one having no fillet between it and other flutes.

b. any of the prominent vertical grooves in a triglyph.

11. (in jazz or popular music) a bridge.

12. a frequency band of sufficient width for one- or two-way communication from or to a transmitter used for television, radio, CB radio, telephone, or telegraph communication.

13. Computers. a path for the transfer of signals or data within a computer or between a computer and its peripheral equipment.

14. either of the two signals in stereophonic or any single signal in multichannel sound recording and reproduction.

15. Cell Biol. a transient opening made by a protein embedded in a cell membrane, permitting passage of specific ions or molecules into or out of the cell: calcium channel.

16. a tubular passage for liquids or fluids.

17. Building Trades.

a. any structural member, as one of reinforced concrete, having the form of three sides of a rectangle.

b. a number of such members: channel in 100-foot lengths.

c. See channel iron .


18. to convey through or as through a channel: He channeled the information to us.

19. to direct toward or into some particular course: to channel one's interests.

20. to excavate as a channel.

21. to form a channel in; groove.


22. to become marked by a channel: Soft earth has a tendency to channel during a heavy rain.

[ 1250-1300; ME chanel canalis waterpipe; see CANAL ]

Syn. 8. trough, gash, cut. 18. route, direct, steer.

channel 2

/chan"l/ , n.

a horizontal timber or ledge built outboard from the side of a sailing vessel to spread shrouds and backstays outward.

Also, chain wale, chain-wale .

[ 1760-70; var. of CHAIN WALE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .