Chan"nel (?), n. [OE. chanel, canel, OF. chanel, F. chenel, fr. L. canalis. See Canal.]


The hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run.


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.


That through which anything passes; 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.


A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.

6. pl. [Cf. Chain wales.] 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 cucko (Scythrops Novaehollandiae. -- Channel goose. Zool. See Gannet.


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Chan"nel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Channeled (?), or Channelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Channeling, or Channelling.]


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.


To course through or over, as in a channel.



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