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Dictionary definition for: Channel

1. (n) a path over which electrical signals can pass; "a channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company"

2. (v) transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound carries well over water" "The airwaves carry the sound" "Many metals conduct heat"

3. (n) a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through; "the fields were crossed with irrigation channels" "gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street"

4. (v) direct the flow of; "channel infomartion towards a broad audience"

5. (n) a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record)

6. (v) send from one person or place to another; "transmit a message"

7. (n) a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels; "the ship went aground in the channel"

8. (n) (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels" "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"

9. (n) a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; "the tear duct was obstructed" "the alimentary canal" "poison is released through a channel in the snake''s fangs"

10. (n) a television station and its programs; "a satellite TV channel" "surfing through the channels" "they offer more than one hundred channels"

11. (n) a way of selling a company''s product either directly or via distributors; "possible distribution channels are wholesalers or small retailers or retail chains or direct mailers or your own stores"

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