Definition of backchannel in English:


Syllabification: back·chan·nel
Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌCHanl
(also back channel)


1A secondary or covert route for the passage of information: the agency offered a reliable backchannel to Washington [as modifier]: backchannel briefings
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  • Secret White House backchannels (discovered from recently released White House tapes) are used to support the book's contention.
  • In a sense, he is right that backchannels always exist and always will.
  • A friend calls my weblog ‘the backchannel to my brain’, and in a way, it is.
2 Psychology A sound or gesture made to give continuity to a conversation by a person who is listening to another.
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  • Amongst these are what have been characterised in the literature as backchannels, minimal response or receipt tokens, and include items such as Yeah, Oh, Right, and Great.

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