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noun [countable] channel pronunciation in British English /ˈtʃæn(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    a television station and the programmes that it broadcasts
    Let’s see what’s on the other channels.
    He changed the channel to a news programme.
  2. 2
    [usually plural] a method used for communicating information or for sending or receiving something
    We can reach these markets through our existing distribution channels.
    The government is using diplomatic channels to negotiate a ceasefire.
    channel of: It is important to maintain clear channels of communication.
    go through the proper channels (=use the correct method): It could take weeks if you went through the proper channels.
  3. 3
    a narrow passage made in the ground so that water can go along it
    irrigation channels that supply the crops with water
    1. a.
      a long narrow cut in a surface
      the channel in which the door slides
  4. 5
    a way of showing people what you are feeling or thinking, or of using your energy or ability
    channel for: She was seeking a channel for her creative energies.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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