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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)


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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