Definition of channelization in US English:

channelization

(also channelisation)

noun

  • 1The alteration of the course of a river or other waterway so as to form straight channels, typically in order to improve the flow of water, protect against flooding, etc. Now chiefly North American.

  • 2The action of conveying or guiding through, or as through, a channel; the action of "channel".

  • 3Psychology. The direction or focusing of emotion, instinctual impulses, etc., in such a way as to cause a particular form of behaviour, thought, etc. Now rare.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From channelize + -ation.

Pronunciation

channelization

/ˌtʃan(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃn/