chan·nel /ˈʧænḷ/ 名詞
通道; 資料通訊路徑 CHAN
Chan·nel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Channeled or Channelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Channeling, or Channelling.]
1. To form a channel in; to cut or wear a channel or channels in; to groove.
No more shall trenching war channel her fields. --Shak.
2. To course through or over, as in a channel.
1. The hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run.
2. The deeper part of a river, harbor, strait, etc., where the main current flows, or which affords the best and safest passage for vessels.
3. Geog. A strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of lands; as, the British Channel.
4. That through which anything passes; a means of passing, conveying, or transmitting; as, the news was conveyed to us by different channels.
The veins are converging channels. --Dalton.
At best, he is but a channel to convey to the National assembly such matter as may import that body to know. --Burke.
5. A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.
6. pl. Naut. Flat ledges of heavy plank bolted edgewise to the outside of a vessel, to increase the spread of the shrouds and carry them clear of the bulwarks.
Channel bar, Channel iron Arch., an iron bar or beam having a section resembling a flat gutter or channel.
Channel bill Zool., a very large Australian cuckoo (Scythrops Novæhollandiæ.
Channel goose. Zool. See Gannet.
n 1: a path over which electrical signals can pass; "a channel is
typically what you rent from a telephone company" [syn:
2: a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through; "the
fields were crossed with irrigation channels"; "gutters
carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under
3: 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) [syn: groove]
4: 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; "the ship went
aground in the channel"
5: (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must
go through official channels"; "lines of communication
were set up between the two firms" [syn: communication
6: a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and
conveying a secretion or other substance; "the tear duct
was obstructed"; "the alimentary canal"; "poison is
released through a channel in the snake's fangs" [syn: duct,
epithelial duct, canal]
7: a television station and its programs; "a satellite TV
channel"; "surfing through the channels"; "they offer more
than one hundred channels" [syn: television channel, TV
8: a way of selling a company's product either directly or via
distributors; "possible distribution channels are
wholesalers or small retailers or retail chains or direct
mailers or your own stores" [syn: distribution channel]
v 1: transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound
carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the
sound"; "Many metals conduct heat" [syn: conduct, transmit,
2: direct the flow of; "channel infomartion towards a broad
audience" [syn: canalize, canalise]
3: send from one person or place to another; "transmit a
message" [syn: transmit, transfer, transport, channelize,
[also: channelling, channelled]
(1.) The bed of the sea or of a river (Ps. 18:15; Isa. 8:7).
(2.) The "chanelbone" (Job 31:22 marg.), properly "tube" or
"shaft," an old term for the collar-bone.