channel

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Channel is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: ˈtʃænəɫ
  • (file)

Noun[change]

Singular
channel

Plural
channels

  1. A channel is a path that carries or directs flow or movement, especially of TV & radio signals and water.
    He only watches two television news channels.
  2. The bottom and sides ("banks") of a river or other place where water moves.
  3. The natural or man-made deeper course through a reef, bar, bay, or any shallow body of water.
  4. The part of a river where boats can pass.
    We have to keep our boat in the channel.
  5. A narrow body of water between two land masses.
    The English Channel lies between France and England.
  6. A connection between initiating and terminating nodes of a circuit.
    The guard-rail provided the channel between the downed wire and the tree.
  7. The part that connects a data source to a data sink.
    A channel stretches between them.
  8. A path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals.
    We are using one of the 24 channels.
  9. A path provided by a transmission medium via physical separation, such as by multipair cable.
    The channel is created by bonding the signals from these four pairs.
  10. A single path provided by a transmission medium via spectral or protocol separation, such as by frequency or time-division multiplexing.
    Their call is being carried on channel 6 of the T-1 line.
  11. A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies, usually in conjunction with a predetermined letter, number, or codeword, and allocated by international agreement.
    KNDD is the channel at 107.7 MHz in Seattle.
  12. A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television.
    NBC is on channel 11 in San Jose.
  13. The portion of a storage medium, such as a track or a band, that is accessible to a given reading or writing station or head.
    This chip in this disk drive is the channel device.
  14. The way in a turbine pump where the pressure is built up.
    The liquid is pressurized in the lateral channel.

Verb[change]

Plain form
channel

Third-person singular
channels

Past tense
channeled

Past participle
channeled

Present participle
channeling

Plain form
channel

Third-person singular
channels

Past tense
channelled

Past participle
channelled

Present participle
channelling

  1. (transitive) If you channel something, you direct its flow.
    We will channel the cars to the left.
  2. To take on the personality of another person.
    When it is my turn to sing Karaoke, I am going to channel Ray Charles.