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English noun: channel

1. channel (communication) a path over which electrical signals can pass


SamplesA channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company.


Synonymstransmission channel


Broader (hypernym)transmission

2. channel (artifact) a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through


SamplesThe fields were crossed with irrigation channels.
Gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street.


Broader (hypernym)passage


Narrower (hyponym)gutter, limbers, trough

3. channel (shape) 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)


Synonymsgroove


Broader (hypernym)depression, impression, imprint


Narrower (hyponym)dado, flute, fluting, quirk, rabbet, rebate, rut, stria, striation, track, washout

4. channel (object) 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


SamplesThe ship went aground in the channel.


Broader (hypernym)body of water, water


Narrower (hyponym)canal, gut, rill, sound, strait, tideway, watercourse


Instance hyponymEnglish Channel, Hampton Roads, Harlem River, Mozambique Channel, Windward Passage


Domain categoryriver

5. channel (communication) (often plural) a means of communication or access


SamplesIt must go through official channels.
Lines of communication were set up between the two firms.


Synonymscommunication channel, line


Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication


Narrower (hyponym)back channel, contact, inter-group communication, lens, liaison, line of gab, link, patter, spiel


Domain usageplural, plural form

6. channel (body) a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance


SamplesThe tear duct was obstructed.
The alimentary canal.
Poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs.


Synonymscanal, duct, epithelial duct


Broader (hypernym)passage, passageway


Narrower (hyponym)alimentary canal, alimentary tract, aqueductus cerebri, bile duct, bronchiole, canal of Schlemm, canaliculus, canalis cervicis uteri, canalis inguinalis, canalis vertebralis, cartilaginous tube, cerebral aqueduct, cervical canal, common bile duct, digestive tract, digestive tube, ductule, ductulus, ductus deferens, ejaculatory duct, epididymis, gastrointestinal tract, GI tract, Haversian canal, hepatic duct, inguinal canal, lachrymal duct, lacrimal duct, lactiferous duct, lymph vessel, lymphatic vessel, nasolacrimal duct, pancreatic duct, pore, salivary duct, Schlemm's canal, seminal duct, sinus, sinus venosus sclerae, spinal canal, Sylvian aqueduct, tear duct, umbilical, umbilical cord, ureter, urethra, vagina, vas deferens, venous sinus, vertebral canal


Part holonymampulla

7. channel (artifact) a television station and its programs


SamplesA satellite TV channel.
Surfing through the channels.
They offer more than one hundred channels.


Synonymstelevision channel, TV channel


Broader (hypernym)television station, TV station

8. channel (act) a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors


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


Synonymsdistribution channel


Broader (hypernym)marketing


English verb: channel

1. channel (motion) transmit or serve as the medium for transmission


SamplesSound carries well over water.
The airwaves carry the sound.
Many metals conduct heat.


Synonymscarry, conduct, convey, impart, transmit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)bring, convey, take


Narrower (hyponym)bring in, pipe in, retransmit, wash up


Verb groupcarry, carry, convey, express

2. channel (motion) direct the flow of


SamplesChannel information towards a broad audience.


ExamplesThey channel the water from the sink


Synonymscanalise, canalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer

3. channel (contact) send from one person or place to another


SamplesTransmit a message.


Synonymschannelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)bring, convey, fetch, get, project, propagate, release, send, send out, translate, turn









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