Definition of channel-surf in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHanlˌsərf/


Change frequently from one television channel to another, using a remote control device.
Example sentences
  • Linda picks up a week-old sales paper and looks through it for good coupons, while Annie turns on the TV and channel-surfs through the four stations that come in.
  • I was listening to the album on headphones in my parent's car, sitting in the backseat, when my dad turned the radio on and proceeded to restlessly channel-surf.
  • Only while watching a Major League Baseball game can you constantly channel-surf and never miss a thing.



Example sentences
  • For example, channel-surfers will find the 921's program-listing grid easier to navigate, with buttons on the remote to skip ahead in 24-hour chunks.
  • Airing every Saturday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel, it might be just what channel-surfers needed.
  • I'm not sure if the film was meant to appeal to multi-taskers or channel-surfers, but the overall effect lands somewhere in between.


Pronunciation: /ˈCHanlˌsərfiNG/
Example sentences
  • In other words, channel-surfing will become a just-in-time service, where you request and access each video stream on demand every time you flip to the next channel.
  • So how did I account for such channel-surfing in the diary?
  • But on a recent Saturday morning, I found myself channel-surfing for about 15 minutes.
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