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CHANNEL (channelled, channelling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does channel mean? 

CHANNEL (noun)
  The noun CHANNEL has 8 senses:

1. a path over which electrical signals can pass
2. a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through
3. 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)
4. 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
5. (often plural) a means of communication or access
6. a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance
7. a television station and its programs
8. a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors

  Familiarity information: CHANNEL used as a noun is common.


CHANNEL (verb)
  The verb CHANNEL has 3 senses:

1. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
2. direct the flow of
3. send from one person or place to another

  Familiarity information: CHANNEL used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CHANNEL (noun)


Sense 1channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A path over which electrical signals can pass

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

channel; transmission channel

Context example:

a channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company

Hypernyms ("channel" is a kind of...):

transmission (communication by means of transmitted signals)


Sense 2channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context examples:

the fields were crossed with irrigation channels / gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street

Hypernyms ("channel" is a kind of...):

passage (a way through or along which someone or something may pass)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "channel"):

gutter; trough (a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater)

limbers (a channel or gutter on either side of a ship's keelson; carries bilge water into the pump well)


Sense 3channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

groove; channel

Hypernyms ("channel" is a kind of...):

depression; impression; imprint (a concavity in a surface produced by pressing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "channel"):

washout (the channel or break produced by erosion of relatively soft soil by water)

stria; striation (any of a number of tiny parallel grooves such as: the scratches left by a glacier on rocks or the streaks or ridges in muscle tissue)

rut (a groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels))

track (a groove on a phonograph recording)

rabbet; rebate (a rectangular groove made to hold two pieces together)

quirk (a narrow groove beside a beading)

flute; fluting (a groove or furrow in cloth etc (particularly a shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column))

dado (a rectangular groove cut into a board so that another piece can fit into it)


Sense 4channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

the ship went aground in the channel

Hypernyms ("channel" is a kind of...):

body of water; water (the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean))

Domain category:

river (a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "channel"):

watercourse (natural or artificial channel through which water flows)

tideway (a channel in which a tidal current runs)

sound; strait (a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water)

rill (a small channel (as one formed by soil erosion))

gut (a narrow channel or strait)

canal ((astronomy) an indistinct surface feature of Mars once thought to be a system of channels; they are now believed to be an optical illusion)

Instance hyponyms:

Hampton Roads (a channel in southeastern Virginia through which the Elizabeth River and the James River flow into Chesapeake Bay)

Windward Passage (a channel between eastern Cuba and western Haiti that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Caribbean Sea)

Harlem River (a channel separating Manhattan from the Bronx)

English Channel (an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that forms a channel between France and Britain)

Mozambique Channel (an arm of the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and southeastern Africa)


Sense 5channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often plural) a means of communication or access

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

communication channel; channel; line

Context examples:

it must go through official channels / lines of communication were set up between the two firms

Hypernyms ("channel" is a kind of...):

communicating; communication (the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information)

Domain usage:

plural; plural form (the form of a word that is used to denote more than one)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "channel"):

contact; inter-group communication; liaison; link (a channel for communication between groups)

lens ((metaphor) a channel through which something can be seen or understood)

back channel (an alternative to the regular channels of communication that is used when agreements must be made secretly (especially in diplomacy or government))


Sense 6channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

epithelial duct; duct; canal; channel

Context examples:

the tear duct was obstructed / the alimentary canal / poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs

Hypernyms ("channel" is a kind of...):

passage; passageway (a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass)

Meronyms (parts of "channel"):

ampulla (the dilated portion of a canal or duct especially of the semicircular canals of the ear)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "channel"):

ureter (either of a pair of thick-walled tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder)

urethra (duct through which urine is discharged in most mammals and which serves as the male genital duct)

canalis cervicis uteri; cervical canal (a spindle-shaped canal extending from the uterus to the vagina)

umbilical; umbilical cord (membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta)

vagina (the lower part of the female reproductive tract; a moist canal in female mammals extending from the labia minora to the uterus)

epididymis (a convoluted tubule in each testis; carries sperm to vas deferens)

ductus deferens; vas deferens (a duct that carries spermatozoa from the epididymis to the ejaculatory duct)

seminal duct (the efferent duct of the testis in man)

ejaculatory duct (a part of the seminal duct formed by the duct from the seminal vesicle and the vas deferens; passes through the prostate gland)

cartilaginous tube (a duct with cartilaginous walls)

bronchiole (any of the smallest bronchial ducts; ending in alveoli)

alimentary canal; alimentary tract; digestive tract; digestive tube; gastrointestinal tract; GI tract (tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination)

lactiferous duct (ducts of the mammary gland that carry milk to the nipple)

aqueductus cerebri; cerebral aqueduct; Sylvian aqueduct (a canal connecting the third and fourth ventricles)

salivary duct (a duct through which saliva passes from the salivary gland into the mouth)

lymph vessel; lymphatic vessel (a vascular duct that carries lymph which is eventually added to the venous blood circulation)

pore (any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal)

canalis vertebralis; spinal canal; vertebral canal (the canal in successive vertebrae through which the spinal cord passes)

ductule; ductulus (a very small duct)

canaliculus (a small canal or duct as in some bones and parts of plants)

canal of Schlemm; Schlemm's canal; sinus venosus sclerae (a circular canal in the eye that drains aqueous humor from the anterior chamber of the eye into the anterior ciliary veins)

sinus; venous sinus (a wide channel containing blood; does not have the coating of an ordinary blood vessel)

lachrymal duct; lacrimal duct; tear duct (any of several small ducts that carry tears from the lacrimal glands)

nasolacrimal duct (a duct that carries tears from the lacrimal sac to the nasal cavity)

Haversian canal (any of the many tiny canals that contain blood vessels and connective tissue and that form a network in bone)

hepatic duct (the duct that drains bile from the liver)

canalis inguinalis; inguinal canal (oblique passage through the lower abdominal wall; in males it is the passage through which the testes descend into the scrotum and it contains the spermatic cord; in females it transmits the round ligament of the uterus)

bile duct; common bile duct (a duct formed by the hepatic and cystic ducts; opens into the duodenum)

pancreatic duct (a duct connecting the pancreas with the intestine)


Sense 7channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A television station and its programs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

television channel; TV channel; channel

Context examples:

a satellite TV channel / surfing through the channels / they offer more than one hundred channels

Hypernyms ("channel" is a kind of...):

television station; TV station (station for the production and transmission of television broadcasts)


Sense 8channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

distribution channel; channel

Context example:

possible distribution channels are wholesalers or small retailers or retail chains or direct mailers or your own stores

Hypernyms ("channel" is a kind of...):

marketing (the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing a product or service)


CHANNEL (verb)


Sense 1channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Transmit or serve as the medium for transmission

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

channel; transmit; carry; conduct; convey

Context examples:

Sound carries well over water / The airwaves carry the sound / Many metals conduct heat

Hypernyms (to "channel" is one way to...):

bring; convey; take (take something or somebody with oneself somewhere)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "channel"):

wash up (carry somewhere (of water or current or waves))

pipe in (bring in through pipes)

bring in (transmit)

retransmit (transmit again)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Direct the flow of

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

channel; canalize; canalise

Context example:

channel information towards a broad audience

Hypernyms (to "channel" is one way to...):

channelise; channelize; direct; guide; head; maneuver; manoeuver; manoeuvre; point; steer (direct the course; determine the direction of travelling)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

They channel the water from the sink


Sense 3channel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Send from one person or place to another

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

channel; channelise; channelize; transmit; transport; transfer

Context example:

transmit a message

Hypernyms (to "channel" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "channel"):

send; send out (to cause or order to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place)

release; turn (let (something) fall or spill a container)

translate (bring to a certain spiritual state)

propagate (transmit)

project (transfer (ideas or principles) from one domain into another)

bring; convey; fetch; get (go or come after and bring or take back)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


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