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 for channel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Channel \Chan"nel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Channeled, or
     Channelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Channeling, or
     Channelling.]
     1. To form a channel in; to cut or wear a channel or channels
        in; to groove.
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              No more shall trenching war channel her fields.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. To course through or over, as in a channel. --Cowper.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Channel \Chan"nel\ (ch[a^]n"n[e^]l), n. [OE. chanel, canel, OF.
     chanel, F. chenel, fr. L. canalis. See Canal.]
     1. The hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run.
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     2. The deeper part of a river, harbor, strait, etc., where
        the main current flows, or which affords the best and
        safest passage for vessels.
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     3. (Geog.) A strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of
        lands; as, the British Channel.
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     4. That through which anything passes; a means of passing,
        conveying, or transmitting; as, the news was conveyed to
        us by different channels.
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              The veins are converging channels.    --Dalton.
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              At best, he is but a channel to convey to the
              National assembly such matter as may import that
              body to know.                         --Burke.
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     5. A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.
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     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.
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     7. pl. official routes of communication, especially the
        official means by which information should be transmitted
        in a bureaucracy; as, to submit a request through
        channels; you have to go through channels.
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     8. a band of electromagnetic wave frequencies that is used
        for one-way or two-way radio communication; especially,
        the frequency bands assigned by the FTC for use in
        television broadcasting, and designated by a specific
        number; as, channel 2 in New York is owned by CBS.
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     9. one of the signals in an electronic device which receives
        or sends more than one signal simultaneously, as in
        stereophonic radios, records, or CD players, or in
        measuring equipment which gathers multiple measurements
        simultaneously.
        [PJC]
  
     10. (Cell biology) an opening in a cell membrane which serves
         to actively transport or allow passive transport of
         substances across the membrane; as, an ion channel in a
         nerve cell.
         [PJC]
  
     11. (Computers) a path for transmission of signals between
         devices within a computer or between a computer and an
         external device; as, a DMA channel.
         [PJC]
  
     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 cuckoo
        ({Scythrops Nov[ae]hollandi[ae].
  
     Channel goose. (Zool.) See Gannet.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  channel
      n 1: a path over which electrical signals can pass; "a channel
           is typically what you rent from a telephone company" [syn:
           channel, transmission channel]
      2: 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"
      3: 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) [syn: groove, channel]
      4: 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"
      5: (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must
         go through official channels"; "lines of communication were
         set up between the two firms" [syn: channel, communication
         channel, line]
      6: 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" [syn: duct,
         epithelial duct, canal, channel]
      7: a television station and its programs; "a satellite TV
         channel"; "surfing through the channels"; "they offer more
         than one hundred channels" [syn: channel, television
         channel, TV channel]
      8: 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" [syn: distribution channel, channel]
      v 1: transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound
           carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound";
           "Many metals conduct heat" [syn: impart, conduct,
           transmit, convey, carry, channel]
      2: direct the flow of; "channel information towards a broad
         audience" [syn: channel, canalize, canalise]
      3: send from one person or place to another; "transmit a
         message" [syn: transmit, transfer, transport,
         channel, channelize, channelise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  248 Moby Thesaurus words for "channel":
     EDP, access, adolescent stream, adviser, aisle, alley,
     amateur band, ambulatory, announcer, annunciator, aperture,
     approach, approaches, aqueduct, arcade, arroyo, artery, authority,
     avenue, band, basin, beck, bed, bit, blowhole, bottleneck, bottom,
     bourn, braided stream, branch, brook, brooklet, burn, canal,
     canalization, canalize, carry, carve, chamfer, channelize, chisel,
     chute, citizens band, cloister, colonnade, communicant,
     communication, communication explosion, communication theory,
     communicator, conduct, conduit, connection, convey, corridor,
     corrugate, coulee, course, covered way, crack, creek, crick, crimp,
     cut, dado, data retrieval, data storage, debouch, decoding, defile,
     dike, direct, ditch, door, duct, egress,
     electronic data processing, emunctory, encoding, engrave,
     enlightener, entrenchment, entropy, escape, estuary, exhaust, exit,
     expert witness, fairway, ferry, floodgate, floor, flowing stream,
     flume, flute, fluviation, ford, fosse, frequency band, fresh,
     freshet, funnel, furrow, gallery, gash, gill, goffer, gossipmonger,
     gouge, grapevine, groove, ground, guide, gully, gutter, ha-ha,
     incise, informant, information center, information explosion,
     information medium, information theory, informer, inlet,
     interchange, intersection, interviewee, isthmus, junction, kennel,
     kill, lane, lazy stream, lead, loophole, meandering stream, means,
     medium, midchannel, midstream, millstream, moat, monitor,
     mouthpiece, moving road, narrow, narrows, navigable river, neck,
     newsmonger, noise, notifier, ocean bottom, opening, out, outcome,
     outfall, outgate, outgo, outlet, overpass, pass, passage,
     passageway, path, pipe, pipeline, pleat, plow, police band, pore,
     port, portico, press, public relations officer, publisher,
     put through, put through channels, rabbet, race, racing stream,
     radio, radio channel, railroad tunnel, redundancy, reporter, rifle,
     river, rivulet, road, run, rundle, runlet, runnel, rut, sally port,
     score, scratch, sea lane, seaway, ship route, shortwave band,
     signal, sike, siphon, slit, sluice, source, spill stream, spiracle,
     spokesman, spout, standard band, steamer track, strait, streak,
     stream, stream action, streamlet, striate, subterranean river,
     sunk fence, tap, television, teller, throat, tipster, tout,
     traject, trajet, transmit, trench, trough, tube, tunnel, underpass,
     vent, ventage, venthole, vomitory, wadi, watercourse, waterway,
     way, way out, weir, witness, wrinkle
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  channel
   n.
  
      [IRC] The basic unit of discussion on IRC. Once one joins a channel,
      everything one types is read by others on that channel. Channels are named
      with strings that begin with a ?#? sign and can have topic descriptions
      (which are generally irrelevant to the actual subject of discussion). Some
      notable channels are #initgame, #hottub, callahans, and #report. At times
      of international crisis, #report has hundreds of members, some of whom take
      turns listening to various news services and typing in summaries of the
      news, or in some cases, giving first-hand accounts of the action (e.g.,
      Scud missile attacks in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War in 1991).
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  channel
  chat room
  room
  
      (Or "chat room", "room", depending on the system in
     question) The basic unit of group discussion in chat systems
     like IRC.  Once one joins a channel, everything one types is
     read by others on that channel.  Channels can either be named
     with numbers or with strings that begin with a "#" sign and
     can have topic descriptions (which are generally irrelevant to
     the actual subject of discussion).
  
     Some notable channels are "#initgame", "#hottub" and
     "#report".  At times of international crisis, "#report" has
     hundreds of members, some of whom take turns listening to
     various news services and typing in summaries of the news, or
     in some cases, giving first-hand accounts of the action
     (e.g. Scud missile attacks in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War in
     1991).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1998-01-25)
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Channel
     (1.) The bed of the sea or of a river (Ps. 18:15; Isa. 8:7).
     
       (2.) The "chanelbone" (Job 31:22 marg.), properly "tube" or
     "shaft," an old term for the collar-bone.
     

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