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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chan"nel
  1. The hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run.
  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.
  3. [Geog] A strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of lands; as, the British Channel .
  4. That through which anything passes; a 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.]
  5. A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.
  6. pl.

    Etymology: 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.
  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 .
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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 .

Etymology: OE. chanel canel, OF. chanel, F. chenel, fr. L. canalis. See Canal

verb Chan"nel
  1. 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.]
  2. To course through or over, as in a channel.
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  1. 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")
  2. A passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through ("the fields were crossed with irrigation channels" and "gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street")
  3. A television station and its programs ("a satellite TV channel", "surfing through the channels", and "they offer more than one hundred channels")
  4. A bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance ("poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs")
  5. A path over which electrical signals can pass ("a channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company")
  6. (often plural) a means of communication or access ("it must go through official channels")
  7. 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. 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)
  9. Send from one person or place to another
  10. Direct the flow of ("channel information towards a broad audience")
  11. Transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
  1. (by ellipsis) the English Channel

Notable Persons With the Last Name Channel

Julia was given the name Julia Pinel on November 3rd, 1973 in Paris.


Bruce Channel is a rock, roll, pop music, rockabilly, and country music singing and songwriter. He plays Human voice. His career lasted from 1959 to 1970. Bruce was given the name Bruce McMeans on November 28th, 1940 in Jacksonville, Texas.


How popular is the baby name Channel in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1967 5 5 0
1968 5 5 0
1969 8 8 0
1970 5 5 0
1971 16 16 0
1972 14 14 0
1973 19 19 0
1974 16 16 0
1975 17 17 0
1976 35 35 0
1977 32 32 0
1978 38 38 0
1979 38 38 0
1980 34 34 0
1981 43 43 0
1982 39 39 0
1983 42 42 0
1984 47 47 0
1985 50 50 0
1986 47 47 0
1987 64 64 0
1988 79 79 0
1989 68 68 0
1990 84 84 0
1991 85 85 0
1992 64 64 0
1993 57 57 0
1994 40 40 0
1995 26 26 0
1996 29 29 0
1997 30 30 0
1998 22 22 0
1999 22 22 0
2000 18 18 0
2001 23 23 0
2002 19 19 0
2003 11 11 0
2004 11 11 0
2005 20 20 0
2006 22 22 0
2007 22 22 0
2008 17 17 0
2009 16 16 0
2010 11 11 0
2011 13 13 0
2012 10 10 0
2013 9 9 0
2014 19 19 0
2015 11 11 0
2016 7 7 0
2017 12 12 0

Where is the name Channel popular?

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Popularity of Channel as a first name

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Popularity of Channel as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Channel U.S.
  White 60.57% 64.26%
  African American 27.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.63% 16.26%

Of Last Name Channel

People with the last name Channel are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Channel

  • How Popular is the name Channel? Channel is the 8,174th most popular name of all time. As a last name Channel was the 19,763rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Channel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,491 babies born with the first name Channel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Channel to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Channel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1967 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Channel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Channel is Friday, May 30th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Channel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Channel was in 1991 with a total of 85 babies.
  • Random Channel Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Channel is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 7 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Channel: Your name in reverse order is Lennahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hcalnen. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Channel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,362 people with the last name Channel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Channel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Channel as their last name since less than 1 person in 217k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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