Chain-wale



channel2 .
a horizontal timber or ledge built outboard from the side of a sailing vessel to spread shrouds and backstays outward.
noun
a broad strait connecting two areas of sea
the bed or course of a river, stream, or canal
a navigable course through a body of water
(often pl) a means or agency of access, communication, etc: to go through official channels
a course into which something can be directed or moved: a new channel of thought
(electronics)

a band of radio frequencies assigned for a particular purpose, esp the broadcasting of a television signal
a path for an electromagnetic signal: a stereo set has two channels
a thin semiconductor layer between the source and drain of a field-effect transistor, the conductance of which is controlled by the gate voltage

a tubular or trough-shaped passage for fluids
a groove or flute, as in the shaft of a column
(computing)

a path along which data can be transmitted between a central processing unit and one or more peripheral devices
one of the lines along the length of a paper tape on which information can be stored in the form of punched holes

short for channel iron
verb -nels, -nelling, -nelled (US) -nels, -neling, -neled
to provide or be provided with a channel or channels; make or cut channels in (something)
(transitive) to guide into or convey through a channel or channels: information was channelled through to them
to serve as a medium through whom the spirit of (a person of a former age) allegedly communicates with the living
(transitive) to exhibit the traits of (another person) in one’s actions
(transitive) to form a groove or flute in (a column, etc)
noun
(nautical) a flat timber or metal ledge projecting from the hull of a vessel above the chainplates to increase the angle of the shrouds
noun
the Channel, short for English Channel
n.

early 14c., “bed of running water,” from Old French chanel “bed of a waterway; tube, pipe, gutter,” from Latin canalis “groove, channel, waterpipe” (see canal). Given a broader, figurative sense 1530s (of information, commerce, etc.); meaning “circuit for telegraph communication” (1848) probably led to that of “band of frequency for radio or TV signals” (1928). The Channel Islands are the French Îles Anglo-Normandes.
v.

1590s, “to wear channels in,” from channel (n.). Meaning “convey in a channel” is from 1640s. Related: Channeled; channeling.
channel
(chān’əl)

A specified frequency band for the transmission and reception of electromagnetic signals, as for television signals.

The part of a field effect transistor, usually U-shaped, through which current flows from the source to the drain. See more at field effect transistor.

A pathway through a protein molecule in a cell membrane that modulates the electrical potential across the membrane by controlling the passage of small inorganic ions into and out of the cell.

The bed or deepest part of a river or harbor.

A large strait, especially one that connects two seas.

noun

A vein, usually in the crook of the elbow or the instep, favored for the injection of narcotics; main line (1950s+ Narcotics)

verb

To lower the body of a car by opening channels around parts of the frame: Johnny Slash, the punk in wraparound shades, lusts for a chopped and channeled ’49 Merc (1950s+ Hot rodders)
To be a medium of communication for a unbodied spirit: Just some guy she channels for. Don’t worry, the viewers love him (1980s+)

(1.) The bed of the sea or of a river (Ps. 18:15; Isa. 8:7). (2.) The “chanelbone” (Job 31:22 marg.), properly “tube” or “shaft,” an old term for the collar-bone.

In addition to the idiom beginning with channel

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