Definition of channel in English:



  • 1A length of water wider than a strait, joining two larger areas of water, especially two seas.

    • ‘Aldabra is famous among divers for the currents that flow through its channels as the changing tidal height affects the water in its lagoon.’
    • ‘We duly set off, heading across the Eday Sound, a channel of water between Sanday and Eday about three miles across.’
    • ‘The race mixed the traditional rowing rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge and saw seven boats take to the channel to race the 21-mile stretch from Great Britain to France.’
    • ‘On islands farther out in the archipelago, across water channels that may run several miles wide, deer make up about 50 percent of the diet.’
    • ‘What makes the islands particularly irresistible are two large channels called O'Keefe's Passage and the Valley of the Rays.’
    • ‘Diffuse seepage can occur on a wide front, especially near to the channel where the water-table joins the stream.’
    • ‘The Navy concluded that the presence of the whales in an ocean channel with calm water, which amplifies sound, caused the sonar to damage their ears.’
    • ‘It is an ideal place to sample some of the most adventurous diving you could ever hope to find - around the rugged shores and channels of Queen Charlotte Strait.’
    • ‘Around me the water was moving slowly through the channel towards the fjord.’
    • ‘This is a difficult claim to accept because of deep ocean channels in the Indonesian Archipelago.’
    • ‘The ocean swell presses a thick plankton soup into the fjords and channels in the area, forming a base for an impressive array of underwater life forms.’
    • ‘You'll kayak through a maze of fjords and tidal channels and through the ice-encrusted Cordillera Darwin and the most active tidewater glaciers in the world.’
    • ‘The operation involves removing the pontoon by crane, dragging the silt along it's length into the channel where the dredger will suck it up and deposit it in the licensed sites out at sea.’
    • ‘They were scattered over a mile area and unreachable because of water channels in the flats.’
    • ‘Conditions in which coastal fish concentrate in deep holes such as harbors, port, channels and canals typically don't last for more than a couple of days.’
    • ‘The bay includes saltmarsh, shallow and open water, tidal channels, mudflats and numerous islands, and a freshwater pond.’
    • ‘Masses are deposited in tidal channels or shallow pools that retain water at low tide, and are secured in place by a long sand-mucus tether buried firmly in the substrate.’
    • ‘The Coast Mountains rise steeply from the fjords and channels on the coast, and glaciers are found at higher elevations.’
    • ‘Usually these trips include passage to neighbouring Anti-Paxos, across the mile-wide channel that separates the two islands.’
    • ‘In front of the shallow side of the eastern channel is an area of brilliant white sand which splits the reef in two.’
    strait, straits, sound, neck, arm, narrows, passage, sea passage, stretch of water, waterway
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    1. 1.1 The English Channel.
      ‘the movement has spread across the Channel’
    2. 1.2 A navigable passage in a stretch of water otherwise unsafe for vessels.
      ‘buoys marked the safe limits of the channel’
      • ‘However, local knowledge would suggest that many vessels follow the channel to the East of the Dangers.’
      • ‘The most costly element of the dredging will be the removal of a massive rock which is located in a shallow area of the channel on the south side of the harbour.’
      • ‘A chain blocked the navigable channel, secured on one side by the city walls and on the other by a tower on an island close to the shore.’
      • ‘The beautiful vessel was steered through the channel by Harbour Master, Donal Walsh, who brought her carefully to the quay wall without a hitch.’
      • ‘If a vessel veers off the channel to port the light becomes red and veering to starboard shows a green light.’
      • ‘Chairman, Tom Fitzgerald, said due to the present depth of the channel, large vessels were restricted in entering the area.’
      • ‘Large ships coming g into Glasgow from the sea use a channel of deeper water in the middle of the Clyde to navigate the river.’
      • ‘The Port Authority has stated that it was looking at undertaking some dredging to widen the shipping channel so that vessels including the Irish ferry would be able to pass the jetty at a further distance.’
      • ‘The present channel is 3m deep and larger vessels can only enter the harbour in suitable tides.’
      • ‘Trapped, they chose to paddle three miles down the coast to Waimea, where they hoped the deep-water bay would provide a navigable channel.’
      • ‘Every day the ship carefully navigated through the channels of blue icebergs, some as large as aircraft carriers, some smaller chunks of the most magnificently formed shapes.’
      • ‘He also called for the provision of navigational lights along the channel, the removal of some boulders and the provision of marina facilities on both side of the bridge.’
      • ‘Some of these systems can also show the contour of the bottom on both sides of the boat, a great benefit when navigating unmarked channels.’
      • ‘There is always a good head of water maintained in the navigational channel with a maximum depth approaching 12 ft at low tide.’
      • ‘The original purpose of the canal was to drain the Lough Mask basin and provide a navigation channel for commercial traffic.’
      • ‘Just recently new lights were installed in the channel making it navigational at night for the first time ever.’
      • ‘By our English law there is a public right of passage through our navigable channels, whether in a port or the approaches to it.’
      • ‘But there are concerns that the proposal could cause channels to silt up and become less navigable for leisure craft.’
      • ‘They missed the channel and went aground, burying the vessel a good four metres into the reef.’
      • ‘It was conducted in response to the Geraldton Port Authority's plan to deepen the harbour and shipping channel to allow vessels to take full loads when they leave the port.’
      strait, straits, sound, neck, arm, narrows, passage, sea passage, stretch of water, waterway
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    3. 1.3 A hollow bed for a natural or artificial waterway.
      ‘the river is confined in a narrow channel’
      • ‘It was built on a sloping terrain between two seasonal storm-water channels with dams and channels to direct the water into huge reservoirs.’
      • ‘They are excavating on both sides of the M62, cutting a diversion channel so the canal go under the motorway bridge without disrupting traffic above.’
      • ‘The bay areas have roads and channels that can be seen leading to the modified shore lines.’
      • ‘A few weeks ago this ice measured three metres thick and was blocking 80% of the channel in this area right down to the bottom of the river.’
      • ‘In time, as the Ecca Sea filled with sediment and the deltas prograded basinward, large tracts of river channels and floodplains emerged.’
      • ‘In the last four months, archaeologists have revealed the pool's 50m length and a channel that brought water from the Silwan Spring to the pool.’
      • ‘The laminated character and the association with sandstone suggest deposition from suspension in abandoned channels or ox-bow lakes.’
      • ‘Meandering is a very common feature of natural river channels, but the morphology and stability of meanders varies.’
      • ‘Many follow the island's 1,365 miles of irrigation channels, called levadas, stretches of which run along steep slopes with precipitous drops to one side.’
      • ‘When there were less built-up areas and the storm water channels were free of blockages and more tanks to collect rainwater, the monsoon barely made any difference.’
      • ‘I can believe the widespread flowing water part, but did this flowing water excavate channels and valleys or create unconformities over a long period of time?’
      • ‘To power their sawmill's waterwheel, they carved out a channel which in effect created the island we know today.’
      • ‘As is illustrated by Lake Nokomis, some drainages have been altered by the construction of dams and artificial channels.’
      • ‘Mud was stripped off the peat over wide areas, and narrow channels were locally cut through the mud and into the peat.’
      • ‘Swamp forests of bald cypress and tupelo grow in low-lying areas such as floodplains or abandoned river channels.’
      • ‘Electrical barriers, which produce an electrical field, have limited but proven use in ditches and other narrow water channels.’
      • ‘The city is crossed from east to west by the Rio Mapocho, which passes through an artificial stone channel 40m wide spanned by several bridges.’
      • ‘In addition, some power plants discharge warm water into inland channels, creating more temperate oases for manatees.’
      • ‘It is possible that it represents an entirely artificial channel, constructed when the marshes were drained as a replacement for this natural watercourse.’
      • ‘It will mirror the other segments and include two more water vessels and cascades, one more water channel, one more lawn and one more plant bed.’
      duct, gutter, groove, furrow, rut, conduit, trough, trench, culvert, cut, sluice, spillway, race, ditch, drain, watercourse, waterway, canal
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  • 2A band of frequencies used in radio and television transmission, especially as used by a particular station.

    • ‘Over the last two decades, amplitude compression has been used on all FM radio channels.’
    • ‘Officials are to investigate why a second back-up radio channel failed to transmit some of the data back from the probe.’
    • ‘This effort is based on the use of fiber-optic cables or radio channels to transmit control commands to the weapons and getting information from them.’
    • ‘He typed in his identification and sent an emergency signal on all channels.’
    • ‘It's multiple channel so you can select a genre of music you like.’
    • ‘Audio signals may also be included, and up to eight channels of 192KHz audio is supported.’
    • ‘The claimant then made the third radio transmission on channel seven.’
    • ‘The FCC proposes to insist that unlicensed devices in these bands should incorporate cognitive radios to identify unused channels.’
    • ‘For example, it is able to handle several radio frequency channels so it can be used by customers in different countries.’
    • ‘This is much the same as the channel in radio, television, or cable TV.’
    • ‘The FM radio band falls between channels 6 and 7 on the VHF band so a VHF antenna will usually work for FM as well.’
    • ‘The base frequency selected was five gigahertz, a range in which future commercial transmission channels are likely to operate.’
    • ‘Data channels are just like radio channels-you can only have so many in a frequency range; however, unlike radio channels, more than one user can use a single channel.’
    • ‘If someone shows up and claims channel 10, they will interfere with the signals on channels 9 and 11.’
    • ‘In addition, television-station allocation is skewed toward lower frequency channels that offer superior transmission.’
    • ‘It combines two radio channels to work simultaneously in order to increase the bandwidth for sending and receiving packets.’
    • ‘If the U-NII device finds an operating radar, it would either move to another channel or go into sleep mode if no channels are available.’
    • ‘The technology will have to accommodate digital television's hundreds of channels, each one transmitting dozens of programs at the same time.’
    • ‘Under this concept, multiple antennas simultaneously transmit different flows of data over one and the same radio channel and frequency band.’
    • ‘It specifies three available radio channels and a maximum link rate of 54 - Mbps per channel.’
    broadcasting organization
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    1. 2.1 A service or station using a channel of frequencies.
      ‘a new television channel’
      • ‘Coming from Canada, where the sport is something of a religion, it's frustrating to say that the sport channels in this area of the world give precedence to almost everything else.’
      • ‘There was the sense that the programme had simply stepped out of line with the channel's public service broadcasting remit.’
      • ‘All the television and radio channels and newspapers are devoting lots of time to it.’
      • ‘Television and radio networks became all-news channels.’
      • ‘Terrestrial channels have lost a total of an hour and a quarter a week in just two years.’
      • ‘Out of the eight main channels, five were showing sport.’
      • ‘Before joining the channel in February 1998, he had spent 18 years with the BBC, where he edited Match of the Day, Grandstand and Sportsnight.’
      • ‘He runs College Sports TV, an all college sports channel launched last year.’
      • ‘The shopping channels actively encourage viewers to feel close to the hosts.’
      • ‘In 1996, in alliance with computer giant Microsoft, it launched the cable news channel MSNBC.’
      • ‘This is a device that is also descrambling pay-per-view or premium channels.’
      • ‘To get millions of people to sit down in front of a TV channel for any length of time and soak up all those advertising messages, broadcasters first have to spend big money.’
      • ‘In due course it was joined by other music-themed channels, and soon a growing number of fans had unlimited access to televised pop at the touch of a remote.’
      • ‘And MTV pledges to make stars out of some aspiring African musicians, as it launches its first pan-African channel.’
      • ‘Remember, this was at the height of the comedy boom, when every TV channel had a stand up show, all of it bland and sanitized for your protection.’
      • ‘In almost every country, the largest television channels, radio stations, and newspapers are owned either by a few families or by the government.’
      • ‘The proliferation of cable television channels has changed the dynamics of political advertising.’
      • ‘But she admitted she became increasingly frustrated with him because he only wanted her to do minor things like change the TV channel or open the curtains.’
      • ‘For 12 years of her Met Office career, she has provided forecasts on a host of BBC television and radio channels.’
      • ‘I linger on stuff that I wouldn't normally choose - greyhound racing, charismatic religious stations, shopping channels, and so on.’
  • 3A method or system for communication or distribution.

    ‘they didn't apply through the proper channels’
    ‘some companies have a variety of sales channels’
    • ‘There should be other channels of distribution.’
    • ‘We have to address that long-term decline and get our message across - not by lecturing but by communicating and using all the channels open to us.’
    • ‘The channels for financing these services are convoluted.’
    • ‘We take environmental crimes like this very seriously and will pursue all investigative channels open to us in our efforts to resolve this.’
    • ‘But he said he resented companies ignoring the proper channels and procedures for planning permission.’
    • ‘The channels open to us were limited in number and scope, but we did our best to make the most of them.’
    • ‘In his defence to the Senate, the Minister acknowledged problems in the communication channels within his own department.’
    • ‘Now banks can offer wider and quicker channels of distribution and communication.’
    • ‘You need to follow proper channels of communication.’
    • ‘The counselling service is a confidential channel through which people begin to address problems.’
    • ‘At times, official channels could be abused, or at least stretched, in order to accommodate those in the position to take advantage of them.’
    • ‘It allowed different channels of customer communication - phone, internet, interactive TV and mobile - to be integrated.’
    • ‘A competitor might erode the outlet's competitive advantage by offering natural beef through traditional channels.’
    • ‘From the beginning, when we read of Andrew telling his brother about Jesus, this has been the simple and natural channel of evangelism.’
    • ‘With proper distribution channels in place, the guide is now famous throughout the UK and Europe.’
    • ‘The Minister was very supportive and has opened an ongoing channel of communication with us.’
    • ‘The countries will set a date for the second round of the working-group session through diplomatic channels, the source said.’
    • ‘He said the industry must integrate with the Irish Dairy Board using its distribution and marketing channels to avoid reliance on intervention.’
    • ‘The report is a much more dire and ominous assessment of the situation than has previously been forwarded through official channels, this source said.’
    • ‘They recommend a number of initiatives to strengthen the links and communication channels between the local authority and the local residents.’
    means, medium, instrument, mechanism, agency, vehicle, route, avenue, course, method, mode
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  • 4An electric circuit which acts as a path for a signal.

    ‘an audio channel’
    • ‘It produces more polygons and pixels per second, has twice the number of audio channels and a massive screen resolution.’
    • ‘The unit's Digital Signal Processing offers two channels for optimal performance and clarity.’
    • ‘It operates as a typical effects plug-in: insert it on an audio channel and send it some signal.’
    • ‘The signal channel must be void of electron traps induced by flaws in the design, processing, or even the silicon itself.’
    • ‘Normally two input and two output electrical channels are present on most sound cards, and one waveform is used for each channel.’
    1. 4.1Electronics The semiconductor region in a field-effect transistor that forms the main current path between the source and the drain.
      • ‘The change in inactivation time constant indicates that MTSET-modified channels were carrying current.’
      • ‘This is defined by the voltage on which drain current begins to flow through the channel of the transistor at an ON state.’
      • ‘In either case, there was no outward current through the channels during the depolarization.’
      • ‘The metal gate on a current transistor sits above the channel and silicon material.’
      • ‘A conductive gate electrode is formed over a second dielectric layer overlying the channel region.’
  • 5Biology
    A tubular passage or duct for liquid.

    ‘fish eggs have a small channel called the micropyle’
    • ‘Blood vessel dilation is due to blockage of calcium channels in smooth muscle cells or inhibition of sodium-calcium ion exchange.’
    • ‘She had an inherited heart defect and the surgeons were due to provide an artificial channel in her heart, but hours after arriving home she died in her mother's arms.’
    • ‘The lymphatic system comprises the spleen, thymus gland, lymph nodes, and lymphatic vessels or channels.’
    • ‘It works in a different way than the other medications so far developed and it works on stretch channels in the heart.’
    • ‘Sometimes, it happens because the blood vessels or lymphatic channels are missing to carry fluid away from the soft tissues.’


  • 1Direct towards a particular end or object.

    ‘the council is to channel public funds into training schemes’
    • ‘In the 11 years it has been operating, funds from Europe have been channelled into projects with public and private partners and have created 70,000 jobs in the west of Scotland.’
    • ‘Some schemes work like a frequent flier program, where financial advisers receive bigger and better rewards, the more money they channel into specific investment funds.’
    • ‘He said that for development to occur in Zambia, human resource has to be developed but currently little funds are channeled towards this sector.’
    • ‘Some clinicians believe the money should be channelled towards improving the state of the nation's hospitals.’
    • ‘After all, when politicians declare their concern for mentally ill people and promise more support, what they mean is that more public funds will be channelled into programs delivered by funded services and agencies.’
    • ‘Thus banks now have excess funds as they are reluctant to channel money into the high-risk real sector, that owes a massive amount of bad debts to the banks.’
    • ‘In Colombia, 82 percent of our tax money is channeled toward national debt payments.’
    • ‘Mr Rouse is chief executive of the Housing Corporation, which channels public money into social housing schemes.’
    • ‘The government will maintain its latest fuel subsidy scheme which will channel direct cash aid to poor families once it raises fuel prices in October, this year.’
    • ‘This of course means that all these real dollars, instead of being channelled towards real wealth generation, will be squandered.’
    • ‘So impressed was the millionaire with the publication that he channelled his money into founding the Rockefeller Institute of Medicine in New York.’
    • ‘The savings made could be channeled towards Zambia's development, he said.’
    • ‘He would, in fact, like to see the Common Agricultural Policy reformed so a bigger proportion of subsidy is channelled towards smaller farms and ones which use organic or environmentally friendly methods of production.’
    • ‘He's got some serious proposals about channeling money towards anti-malaria medication, transportation infrastructure, clean water wells and the like.’
    • ‘Clearly, too, it cannot be channelled towards the benefit of a specific group or sector of society at the expense of the broader swath of the population.’
    • ‘A reduction in military spending was also proposed so funds could be channeled toward countrywide primary education for all children.’
    • ‘The administration is actually channeling federal funds away from public schools and into private educational institutions.’
    • ‘At the same time, the International Olympic Committee has spent money from its Solidarity Fund, channeling some TV revenues to athletes in countries where they need help.’
    • ‘Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, MP for Hull East, last week prompted renewed debate on channelling more public money to regions such as Yorkshire and the Humber.’
    • ‘But if they had directed and channeled their energy like they have done tonight then the Walsall game wouldn't have been a competition.’
    convey, transmit, transport, conduct, direct, guide, bear, carry, relay, pass on, transfer
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    1. 1.1 Cause to pass along or through a specified route or medium.
      ‘many countries channel their aid through charities’
      • ‘All the proceeds from the profits of the video will be donated to the Afghan Children's Relief Fund and the money will be channelled through the relief agency, Trocaire.’
      • ‘Once the effluent is pushed up it is then channelled towards the algae basin.’
      • ‘The government is known to think that the TV will be the main way in which the UK will access the Internet and it is holding back resources so they can be channelled through this medium.’
      • ‘After the arteries deliver blood to your arms and legs, your veins channel blood back to the heart using one-way valves.’
      • ‘The millwheel was driven by water from the River Cole, which was channelled along an artificial leat.’
      • ‘Although the heavy through traffic will not now be channelled along the narrow residential roads of Marina Meadows where children will be playing this summer, light local traffic will be diverted there.’
      • ‘For years Cottonwood Creek was channeled through a 96-inch pipe.’
      • ‘Heavy-duty vehicles moving hazardous substances and goods are to be channelled along specific corridors.’
      • ‘Some activists criticized the United States for not channeling the money through the United Nations global AIDS fund.’
      • ‘At present, teams receive about £6,000 a year from the Executive, channelled through police authorities.’
      • ‘The funding of these local tourist boards should be guaranteed and channelled through Local Enterprise Companies.’
      • ‘From the flyover, vertical pipes will channel the water into pits in the ground.’
      • ‘And now the interstellar dust is channeled more efficiently towards the inner Solar System.’
      • ‘Other donations from the hotel group were channeled through the Accor office in Jakarta, to be delivered to victims through a television charity program.’
      • ‘He appealed to the EU not to channel the money through the banks but directly empower the miners through their associations.’
      • ‘Until 1881 wineries were not able to sell wine directly to the public but had to channel their produce through hotels, the country's only liquor outlets.’
      • ‘In addition, the submarine ran its diesel engines, channeling the exhaust into the forward ballast tanks in an effort to force out more of the water and make the ship lighter.’
      • ‘But we have short-circuited this natural process by constructing hundreds of miles of levees along the river and channeling the rushing water into the Gulf of Mexico, where essential sediment is dumped.’
      • ‘As the water rushed down the river, the flood was channeled directly toward the classrooms.’
      • ‘These elements channel the traffic in front of the auditorium along drives that lead into the site from the highway.’
      • ‘The air is raised by a bellows and on many instruments is brought under pressure in a reservoir; it is then channelled through the pipes by means of valves operated by the keyboard.’
      • ‘It's at this time of year, depending on the wind and the currents, that this weed is channelled towards our shores where it clogs the inlets and beaches until the currents shift again.’
      convey, transmit, transport, conduct, direct, guide, bear, carry, relay, pass on, transfer
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    2. 1.2 (of a person) serve as a medium for (a spirit)
      ‘she was channelling the spirit of Billie Holiday’
      • ‘If, for some reason, these fantastic ideas don't work for you, just type whatever the hell comes to mind and tell people you're channeling Virginia Woolf and experimenting with stream-of-consciousness.’
      • ‘Most of these references are to a series of books where a medium channels an entity named Seth.’
      • ‘Since then I have channelled spirit guides for myself and others.’
      • ‘Or perhaps I'm just channelling George Orwell because he's more fun than The Economics Of Contract And Tort Law.: P’
      • ‘Oddly enough the last witchcraft trial was held only fifty or so years ago after medium Helen Duncan revealed a ship had been torpedoed after channelling one of the dead seamen.’
      • ‘It's like Alice Cooper channelling Ray Charles in Elton John's living room with Black Sabbath at the mixing desk.’
      • ‘Afterwards he practically claimed to have been channelling the spirit of Kaufman, who died in 1984.’
      • ‘I think I'll channel her spirit, let her ask me a few questions that I know she would ask if she could.’
      • ‘He also goes on to infer that he is channeling the spirit of Charlie Chaplin with the use of digital production.’
      • ‘The film's nadir is an interview with ‘Ramtha,’ a 35,000-year-old spirit channeled by a woman named JZ Knight.’
      • ‘He appears as a man who can channel spirits, and impersonates Elvis.’
      • ‘A recorded message was played - purportedly of the medium channeling Monty's spirit.’
      • ‘Sometimes I think I'm channelling others and don't even know it.’
      • ‘He was an absolute creation, a man possessed with the dark spirit of the personas he was channeling.’
    3. 1.3 Emulate or seem to be inspired by.
      ‘Meg Ryan plays Avery as if she's channelling Nicole Kidman’
      • ‘Tilly delivers a particularly hilarious, overwrought performance, apparently channelling Courtney Love.’
      • ‘Martin Short practically channeled the puckish, meticulous interviewer on SCTV.’
      • ‘Perhaps Nick was channelling Jerry Garcia?’
      • ‘But in Dream Cruise he's channeling vaudeville.’
      • ‘That means more to take care of and I've channeled about as much of Martha Stewart as I can handle.’
      • ‘There are even moments on this disc where she channels the energy and spirit of the late, great Bob Marley.’
      • ‘By mewling out loud like I got a kidney stone and I'm fixin' to die, I am channeling the spirit of Johnson.’
      • ‘Only the future that Gall channeled in her album 1968 is more of a retro mishmash here.’
      • ‘However, a few times, I could hear Kareem channeling Roger Murdock.’
      • ‘I had assumed the place would be overrun with Inklings fans and legions of folks trying to channel Frodo and Co. at the Prancing Pony.’
      • ‘In singing a duet of "Unforgettable," for example, he would channel both Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole.’
      • ‘I thought Peel might actually be channelling the Devil.’
      • ‘Suddenly I am channelling words from a bygone era.’
      • ‘Auto plant workers in east Ohio heard Hillary Clinton seemingly channel John Edwards.’
      • ‘Panettiere channels her best teenage Elizabeth Taylor (National Velvet) with wide, expressive eyes and a quivering lip to signal imminent emotion.’
      • ‘Bernard Sumner, who assumed singing duties in New Order, sounds a lot like he's channeling Ian Curtis on this track.’
      • ‘"Are we channeling Audrey tonight?"’
      • ‘Together we're leafing through the final proof copy, and I'm mesmerised by the rich colours, those magical prints, the way Rhodes has channelled inspiration gleaned from world travel.’
      • ‘I'm not going to be channeling my husband.’
      • ‘But before you take on the hordes of sixth-graders channeling Danny Kass at your local pipe, you need to master some basics.’
  • 2usually as adjective channelledForm channels or grooves in.

    ‘pottery with a distinctive channelled decoration’
    • ‘The new version has a double-headlight arrangement and a deeply channelled bonnet which looks pretty bizarre, muscular flanks at the rear and a rather dull rear-end marred by a protruding skirt.’
    • ‘The channelled whelk is almost as big, and may be distinguished by the deep, channelled grooves which follow the whorls of the shell.’
    • ‘Take care to swim towards the exit point from the east (keep the exit on your right) so as to avoid the heavily channelled bedrock to the west of the exit.’
    • ‘The pottery is usually plain and dark in colour, sometimes with channelled decoration and moulded handles.’
    hollow out, gouge, gouge out, cut, cut out, flute
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Middle English: from Old French chanel, from Latin canalis ‘pipe, groove, channel’, from canna ‘reed’ (see cane). Compare with canal.