[chan-l] /ˈtʃæn l/
the bed of a stream, river, or other waterway.
Nautical. a navigable route between two bodies of water.
the deeper part of a waterway.
a wide strait, as between a continent and an island.
a course into which something may be directed:
He hoped to direct the conversation to a new channel.
a route through which anything passes or progresses:
channels of trade.
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.
a groove or furrow.
a means of access:
He considers the Senate a channel to the White House.
(in jazz or popular music) a bridge.
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.
Computers. a path for the transfer of signals or data within a computer or between a computer and its peripheral equipment.
either of the two signals in stereophonic or any single signal in multichannel sound recording and reproduction.
Cell Biology. 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:
a tubular passage for liquids or fluids.
verb (used with object), channeled, channeling or (especially British) channelled, channelling.
to convey through or as through a channel:
He channeled the information to us.
to direct toward or into some particular course:
to channel one’s interests.
to excavate as a channel.
to form a channel in; groove.
verb (used without object), channeled, channeling or (especially British) channelled, channelling.
to become marked by a channel:
Soft earth has a tendency to channel during a heavy rain.
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
a tubular or trough-shaped passage for fluids
a groove or flute, as in the shaft of a column
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)
(nautical) a flat timber or metal ledge projecting from the hull of a vessel above the chainplates to increase the angle of the shrouds
the Channel, short for English Channel
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.
1590s, “to wear channels in,” from channel (n.). Meaning “convey in a channel” is from 1640s. Related: Channeled; channeling.
A vein, usually in the crook of the elbow or the instep, favored for the injection of narcotics; main line (1950s+ Narcotics)
(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
[krohm] /kroʊm/ noun 1. . 2. chromium-plated or other bright metallic trim, as on an automobile. 3. (of dyeing) the dichromate of potassium or sodium. 4. Photography. a positive color transparency; kodachrome. verb (used with object), chromed, chroming. 5. (of dyeing) to subject to a bath of dichromate of potassium or sodium. 6. to plate […]
jargon, person /muhl-ti’shn/ A term coined at Honeywell, ca. 1970 for a competent user of Multics. Perhaps oddly, no one has ever promoted the analogous “Unician”. [Jargon File] (1996-08-24)
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