American English

Definition of channel noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    on television/radio
  1. 1[countable] a television station a movie/sports channel to change/switch channels Topic CollocationsTelevisionwatching watch television/TV/a show/a program/a documentary/a pilot/a rerun/a repeat see an ad/a commercial/the news/the weather catch/miss a show/a program/an episode/the news pick up/reach for/grab/lose the remote (control) change channels surf (through)/flip through the channels sit in front of/turn on/turn off the television/the TV/the TV set have/install satellite (TV)/cable (TV)/a satellite dishshowing show a program/a documentary/an ad/a commercial/a prime-time sitcom/drama run an ad/a commercial/a movie broadcast/air/repeat a show/a program/a documentary/an episode/a series go out/air/be recorded live attract/draw (in)/pull (in) viewers be a hit with viewers/audiences/critics get (low/high) ratingsappearing be on/appear on television/TV/a TV show take part in a call-in/a game show/a quiz show/a reality TV show host a show/a program/a series/a game show/a quiz show/a (late-night/daytime) talk show be/become/work as a talk-show host/sports commentator/news anchor present the news appear/perform live (on TV)program-making do/film/make a show/a program/a documentary/an episode/a pilot/a series/an ad/a commercial work on a soap (opera)/a pilot (episode)/a sitcom write/produce a drama/sitcom/spin-off/comedy series
  2. 2[countable] a band of radio waves used for broadcasting television or radio programs digital/satellite channels
  3. for communicating
  4. 3[countable] channels [plural] a method or system that people use to get information, to communicate, or to send something somewhere Complaints must be made through the proper channels. The newsletter is a useful channel of communication between teacher and students. The company has worldwide distribution channels. Steps are being taken to implement a ceasefire through diplomatic channels.
  5. for ideas/feelings
  6. 4[countable] a way of expressing ideas and feelings The campaign provided a channel for protest against the war. Music is a great channel for releasing your emotions.
  7. water
  8. 5[countable] a passage that water can flow along, especially in the ground, on the bottom of a river, etc. drainage channels in the rice fields
  9. 6[countable] a deep passage of water in a river or near the coast that can be used as route for ships
  10. 7[countable] a passage of water that connects two areas of water the English Channel
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: channel