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channel (river)

Definition:

a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river, harbor, or strait linking 2 larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels

Class:

object noun (natural, not man-made, objects)

Plural:

channels

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

the ship went aground in the channel

Synonyms:

chan. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

"bed of running water", from Old French chanel "channel, tube, pipe, gutter",...
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All senses of channel...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Channel (communications) | communication channel

In telecommunications and computer networking, a communication channel, or channel, refers either to a physical transmission medium such as a wire, or to a logical connection over a multiplexed medium such as a radio channel. A channel is used to... (40 of 2587 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Channel (communications)

Collins Dictionary:

channel | Channel | the Channel [sense-specific] | channel iron [sense-specific] | channeller [noun, derived]

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 ... (27 of 828 words, 20 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/channel

Random House Dictionary:

channel | channeled [past tense] | channeling [past participle] | channelled [British, past participle] | channelling [present participle] | channelize | channelized [past tense] | channelizing [present participle] | channelise [British]

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 ... (26 of 388 words, 23 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/channel

Wiktionary:

channel | channels [plural] | channelled [past tense] | channeled [past tense] | channeling [present participle] | channelling [present participle] | passage [synonym, sense-specific] | sound [synonym, sense-specific] | strait [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

The physical confine of a river or slough, consisting of a bed and banks. | The natural or man-made deeper course through a reef, bar, bay, or any shallow body of water. | The navigable part of a river. | A narrow body of water between two land masses... (46 of 344 words, 20 definitions, 19 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/channel

Oxford Dictionary:

channel | the Channel | channelize [North American] | channelise [North American] | channeller [derived] | channels [related] | channelling [related] | channelled [related] | channeling [related] | ...

a length of water wider than a strait, joining two larger areas of water, especially two seas. | the English Channel | a navigable passage in a ... (25 of 337 words, 15 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/channel

American Heritage Dictionary:

channel | channeled [past tense] | channelled [past tense] | channeling [present participle] | channelling [present participle] | channels [3rd-person singular present] | channeler [noun, related]

The bed of a stream or river. | The deeper part of a river or harbor, especially a deep navigable passage. | A broad strait, especially one that ... (26 of 275 words, 18 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/channel

New World Dictionary:

channel | channeled [past tense] | channelled [past tense] | channeling [present participle] | channelling [present participle] | channel iron (or bar) [sense-specific]

the bed of a running stream, river, etc. | the deeper part of a river, harbor, etc. | a body of water joining two larger bodies of water | a tubelike ... (28 of 212 words, 15 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/channel

Macmillan British Dictionary:

channel [countable] | channels [plural]

a television station and the programmes that it broadcasts | [plural] a method used for communicating information or for sending or receiving ... (21 of 202 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/channel

channel [transitive, verb] | channelled [past tense] | channelling [present participle] | channels [3rd-person singular present]

to use money or supplies for a particular purpose | to use your energy, ability, feelings, or ideas for a particular purpose | to make something ... (24 of 162 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/channel 20

Merriam-Webster:

channel [entry 1, noun] | channels [plural] | channeler [synonym, sense-specific] | conduit [synonym, sense-specific]

the bed where a natural stream of water runs ; the deeper part of a river, ... | a usually tubular enclosed passage; "conduit" ; a passage created in ... (28 of 192 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/channel

channel [entry 2, verb] | channeled [past tense] | channelled [past tense] | channeling [present participle] | channelling [present participle] | canalize [synonym, sense-specific] | channelize [synonym, sense-specific] | conduct [synonym, sense-specific] | direct [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to form, cut, or wear a channel in ; to make a groove in | to convey or direct into or through a channel | to serve as a channeler or intermediary for (31 of 115 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/channel show=1

channel [entry 3, noun]

one of the flat ledges of heavy plank or metal bolted edgewise to the outside of a ship to increase the spread of the shrouds (25 of 42 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/channel show=2

Cambridge Dictionary:

channel [entry 1]

a television station (3 of 27 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/channel 1

channel [entry 2] | the (English) Channel | English Channel | Channel

a passage for water or other liquids to flow along, or a part of a river or ... | "the (English) Channel": the area of sea which separates England ... (28 of 91 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/channel 2

channel [entry 3]

a route or way out of an airport or port where travellers' bags are examined (15 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/channel 3

channel [entry 4]

a way of communicating with people or getting something done (10 of 44 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/channel 4

channel [entry 5, US USUALLY] | -ll- [past tense] | -l- [past tense]

to direct something into a particular place or situation (9 of 50 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/channel 5

Britannica Encyclopedia:

water | H2[chemical formula]

a substance composed of the chemical elements hydrogen and oxygen and existing in gaseous, liquid, and solid states. It's one of the most plentiful ... (24 of 1059 words, 32 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/636754​/water

Columbia Encyclopedia:

water | ice

odorless, tasteless, transparent liquid that is colorless in small amounts but exhibits a bluish tinge in large quantities. It's the most familiar and ... (23 of 107 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0851565​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

channel [entry 1] | channels [plural] | channeled [past tense] | channeling [present participle]

a television or radio station broadcasting on a specific band of the frequency spectrum | the portion of a frequency spectrum that is set aside for a ... (26 of 392 words, 16 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596218​/definition​.html  [offline]

channel [entry 2] | channels [plural]

a flat piece of wood or metal projecting horizontally from the side of a ship to increase the spread of the ropes or cables shrouds supporting the ... (27 of 50 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596219​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

channel

First use: about 1300

Origin: "bed of running water", from Old French chanel "channel, tube, pipe, gutter", from Latin canalis "groove, channel, waterpipe". Given a ... (22 of 50 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=channel

Collins Dictionary:

channel | Channel

First use: 13th century | 18th century

Origin: from Old French chanel, from Latin canālis pipe, groove, conduit; see canal | variant of earlier chainwale; see chain, wale1 (planking)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/channel

Oxford Dictionary:

channel | the Channel

Origin: Middle English: from Old French chanel, from Latin canalis "pipe, groove, channel", from canna "reed" (see "cane"). Compare with "canal"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/channel

American Heritage Dictionary:

channel | channeled [past tense] | channelled [past tense] | channeling [present participle] | channelling [present participle] | channels [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English chanel, from Old French, from Latin canālis; see "canal". | Alteration of obsolete chainwale: "chain" + "wale".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/channel

New World Dictionary:

channel | channeled [past tense] | channelled [past tense] | channeling [present participle] | channelling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English chanel, canel from Old French: see "canal" | originally, chain wale

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/channel

Wiktionary:

channel | channels [plural] | channelled [past tense] | channeled [past tense] | channeling [present participle] | channelling [present participle]

Origin: Old French chenel (French: canal, chenal), from Latin canalis | chainwale

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/channel

Merriam-Webster:

channel [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English chanel, from Anglo-French, from Latin canalis channel

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/channel

channel [entry 3, noun]

First use: 1769

Origin: alteration of chainwale, from chain + wale

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Encarta Dictionary:

channel [entry 1] | channels [plural] | channeled [past tense] | channeling [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French chanel from Latin canalis "groove"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596218​/definition​.html  [offline]

channel [entry 2] | channels [plural]

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: Alteration of chainwale from chain + wale

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596219​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

channel | channels [plural] | channelled [past tense] | channeled [past tense] | channeling [present participle] | channelling [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "channel"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/channel

Collins Dictionary:

channel | Channel

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "channel"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/channel

Macmillan British Dictionary:

channel [countable] | channels [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "channel"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/channel

channel [transitive, verb] | channelled [past tense] | channelling [present participle] | channels [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "channel"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

channel [countable] | channels [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "channel"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/channel

channel [transitive, verb] | channelled [past tense] | channeled [past tense] | channelling [present participle] | channeling [present participle] | channels [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "channel"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/channel 20

Cambridge Dictionary:

channel [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "channel"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "channel"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/channel 2

the Free Dictionary:

channel

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "channel"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "channel"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "channel" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

channel | channels [plural] | channeled [past tense] | channelled [past tense] | channelling [present participle] | channeling [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "channel"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

channel

Audio: North American pronunciation of "channel"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=channe​01 word=channel

YourDictionary Audio:

channel

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "channel" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

channel

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "channel" by speech synthesizer

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