From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishchannelchan‧nel1 /ˈtʃænl/ ●●● S3 W2 AWL noun [countable] 1 televisionTELEVISION/RADIO a television station and all the programmes that it broadcasts the news on Channel 4 The kids are watching cartoons on the Disney Channel. What channel is ‘ER’ on? He changed channels to watch the basketball game.2 for getting information/goods etcSYSTEM a system or method that you use to send or obtain information, goods, permission etc The U.S. is working through diplomatic channels to find a solution. The new software will be sold through existing distribution channels.channel of It is important that we open channels of communication with the police.3 sea/river a) SGan area of water that connects two larger areas of water St George’s Channel b) the Channel British English the area of water between France and England SYN the English Channel c) TTWthe deepest part of a river, harbour, or sea, especially where it is deep enough to allow ships to sail in4 waterDT a passage that water or other liquids flow along an irrigation channel5 radioTCTTCB a particular range of sound waves which can be used to send and receive radio messages 6 in a surfaceDHOLE a long deep line cut into a surface or a long deep space between two edges SYN groove The sliding doors fit into these plastic channels.7 way to express yourselfEXPRESS a way of expressing your thoughts, feelings, or physical energy SYN vehiclechannel for Art provides a channel for the children’s creativity.COLLOCATIONStypes of channel a television channelNTV is Russia’s leading television channel.a news/movie/sports etc channelWhat’s on the movie channel tonight?a satellite channel (=using signals sent from a machine in space)CNN and other satellite channelsa cable channel (=using signals sent through a wire)ABC announced its plans for a new cable channel.a terrestrial channel (=not using satellite)Channel 5 is the newest terrestrial channel in the UK.a digital channel (=using electronic signals sent out in the form of numbers)You can’t record one digital channel while watching another.a commercial channel (=paid for by people advertising on it)On commercial channels they have advertisement breaks.verbschange channelsUse the remote control to change channels.switch channelsHe kept switching channels.launch a channel (=start a channel broadcasting on TV)In 1994, SKY launched two new channels.watch a channelThe kids are always watching the cartoon channel.a channel broadcasts somethingAll the channels are broadcasting the match live.channel-hop (=keep changing from one channel to another)I usually start channel-hopping when the adverts are on.
Examples from the Corpuschannel• This traffic also permitted the firm to act as a channel of communications between the two governments in wartime.• a channel for the water supply• Brent works in the news department at Channel 9.• The purpose of the magazine is to provide a communication channel for staff throughout the company.• He had a different channel to set up and he was determined to do it differently.• The broadcasters say they need both analog and digital channels for 15 years to ensure a smooth transition to the digital age.• We need better distribution channels for our products.• the English Channel• That would help to ensure that political and social tensions were guided through established channels and not forced on to the streets.• The event assuredly was communicated throughout the nursing system by informal channels.• New channels of communication have opened up between the two governments.• Currently, the average household has access to dozens of channels.• There's a good movie on Channel 5 tonight.• The final episode will be shown on Channel 4 tonight.• The former media consultant to Republican presidents has headed the business news and talk show channel since August 1993.• the sports channel on satellite TV• A lot of people switch channels during the commercials.distribution channels• With Bertelsmann involved, it is not surprising that book clubs as well as electronics and book stores are being targeted as distribution channels.• The development greatly improves our own internal focus and accountability for both distribution channels.• It will receive royalties from its semiconductor partners, who will use their existing distribution channels to market the chips.• Its offerings are now also sold via Sage's existing international distribution channels.• The firm is promising to develop new distribution channels, predicting that resellers will private label their own systems with Integrix components.• The original distribution channels through Merisel and Dicken Data and service via Xerox remain in place.• We can cut costs by bulk purchasing and take advantage of national retail distribution channels.• Should it work enthusiastically toward changing the distribution channels?channelchannel2 ●○○ AWL verb (channelled, channelling British English, channeled, channeling American English) [transitive] 1 CONTROLto control and direct something such as money or energy towards a particular purpose SYN directchannel something into something Most of his energy was channeled into writing and lecturing.channel something to somebody Profits are channelled to conservation groups.channel something through something The famine relief money was channelled through the UN.2 to control or direct people or things to a particular place, work, situation etcchannel somebody/something into something Women were likely to be channeled into jobs as teachers or nurses. Drugs from government pharmacies were being channeled into illegal drug markets.3 CUTto cut a long deep line in something Water had channelled grooves in the rock.4 SENDto send water through a passage An efficient irrigation system channels water to the crops.5 to allow a spirit to come into your body and speak through you, or to tell people a message that you have received in this way She claims to channel the spirit of a 2,000-year-old hunter.6 to look or sound like a famous person, especially someone who is dead In her latest video, Kylie is channelling Marilyn Monroe.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuschannel• He brought back his foot as far as it would go and channelled all its hydraulic power into a forceful throw.• It is argued that the lobby is used to channel dis-information to a gullible public.• Water had channeled grooves in the rock.• Some of this may have been channelled into Pathe, where Mr Fiorini is still co-chairman.• For a number of reasons, therefore, planners may recommend that growth should be channelled into selected settlements.• This is achieved when scarce resources are channelled to their highest return uses.• These pipes will channel water to the settlement.channel something into something• I channeled all my anger into running.channel somebody/something into something• Drugs from government pharmacies were being channeled into illegal drug markets.• Women were more likely to be channeled into the lower-paying jobs. Channel, thethe ChannelChannel, the the English ChannelFrom Longman Business Dictionarychannelchan‧nel1 /ˈtʃænl/ noun [countable]1a system that is used for supplying information or goodsA direct marketing channel moves goods directly from manufacturer to consumer.2a television station and all the programmes broadcast on ita 24-hour channel devoted exclusively to football3COMPUTING a route along which computer signals can be sent, for example a CABLEchannelchannel2 verb (channelled, channelling British English, channeled, channeling) American English [transitive] to control and direct something such as money or effort towards a particular purposechannel something into somethingThe company wanted to channel all its financial resources into completing several major office buildings.channel something through somethingThe International Finance Corp. will channel funds through Zivnobanka for other investment projects in the Czech republic.→ See Verb tableOrigin channel1 (1300-1400) Old French chanel, from Latin canalis; → CANAL