channel ( channels plural & 3rd person present) ( channelling present participle) ( channelled past tense & past participle )
in AM, use channeling, channeled
1 n-count; n-in-names A channel is a television station.
...the only serious current affairs programme on either channel., ...the presenter of Channel 4 News.
2 n-count A channel is a band of radio waves on which radio messages can be sent and received.
3 n-count 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.
with supp, oft adj N, N for/of n
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.
Jacques Delors wants a system set up to channel funds to the poor countries... V n prep
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.
Stephen is channelling his energies into a novel called Blue. V n into n
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 Channel or the English Channel is the narrow area of water between England and France. the N
Channel-hopping means switching quickly between different television channels because you are looking for something interesting to watch.
in AM, use channel-surfing
Channel-surfing is the same as channel-hopping.
(mainly AM) n-uncount
cross-Channel , cross-channel
Cross-Channel travel is travel across the English Channel, especially by boat. adj ADJ n
...the cross-channel ferry..., Dieppe has plenty to attract cross-Channel visitors.
shopping channel ( shopping channels plural ) A shopping channel is a television channel that broadcasts programmes showing products that you can phone the channel and buy. n-count