channel

[[t]tʃæ̱n(ə)l[/t]]
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channels, channelling, channelled
(in AM, use channeling, channeled)
1) N-COUNT: oft in names A channel is a television station.

...the only serious current affairs programme on either channel.

...the proliferating number of television channels in America.

...Jon Snow, presenter of Channel 4 News.

Syn:
2) N-COUNT A channel is a band of radio waves on which radio messages can be sent and received.
3) N-COUNT: with supp, oft adj N, N for/of n If you do something through a particular channel, or particular channels, that is the system or organization that you use to achieve your aims or to communicate.

The government will surely use the diplomatic channels available...

The Americans recognise that the UN can be the channel for greater diplomatic activity...

Moscow and the Baltic republics are re-opening channels of communication.

4) VERB If you channel money or resources into something, you arrange for them to be used for that thing, rather than for a wider range of things.

[V n prep] Jacques Delors wants a system set up to channel funds to the poor countries...

[V n prep] Revenues from `green taxes' could then be channelled back into energy efficiency.

5) VERB If you channel your energies or emotions into something, you concentrate on or do that one thing, rather than a range of things.

[V n into n] Stephen is channelling his energies into a novel called Blue. [Also V n adv]

6) N-COUNT A channel is a passage along which water flows.

Keep the drainage channel clear.

7) N-COUNT A channel is a route used by boats.
8) N-PROPER: the N The Channel or the English Channel is the narrow area of water between England and France.

English dictionary. 2008.

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