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American English: /ˈtʃænl/
British English: /ˈtʃan(ə)l/

Translation of channel in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (strait) the (English) Channel
    el Canal de la Mancha
    (before noun) Channel ferry
    ferry (masculine) que cruza el Canal de la Mancha
    Example sentences
    • The bay includes saltmarsh, shallow and open water, tidal channels, mudflats and numerous islands, and a freshwater pond.
    • The ocean swell presses a thick plankton soup into the fjords and channels in the area, forming a base for an impressive array of underwater life forms.
    • You'll kayak through a maze of fjords and tidal channels and through the ice-encrusted Cordillera Darwin and the most active tidewater glaciers in the world.
    1.2 (course of river) 1.3 (navigable course)
    Example sentences
    • By our English law there is a public right of passage through our navigable channels, whether in a port or the approaches to it.
    • The Port Authority has stated that it was looking at undertaking some dredging to widen the shipping channel so that vessels including the Irish ferry would be able to pass the jetty at a further distance.
    • Trapped, they chose to paddle three miles down the coast to Waimea, where they hoped the deep-water bay would provide a navigable channel.
  • 2 (for irrigation)
    Example sentences
    • As is illustrated by Lake Nokomis, some drainages have been altered by the construction of dams and artificial channels.
    • Meandering is a very common feature of natural river channels, but the morphology and stability of meanders varies.
    • The city is crossed from east to west by the Rio Mapocho, which passes through an artificial stone channel 40m wide spanned by several bridges.
  • 3 (system, method) through diplomatic channels
    por la vía diplomática
    you must go through the official channels
    tiene que hacer el trámite por los conductos or las vías oficiales
    you should direct your enthusiasm into more useful channels
    deberías canalizar tu entusiasmo de una manera más útil
    distribution channels
    Example sentences
    • Now banks can offer wider and quicker channels of distribution and communication.
    • With proper distribution channels in place, the guide is now famous throughout the UK and Europe.
    • You need to follow proper channels of communication.
  • 4 (Computing, Television)
    Example sentences
    • There was the sense that the programme had simply stepped out of line with the channel's public service broadcasting remit.
    • I linger on stuff that I wouldn't normally choose - greyhound racing, charismatic religious stations, shopping channels, and so on.
    • The shopping channels actively encourage viewers to feel close to the hosts.
    Example sentences
    • The signal channel must be void of electron traps induced by flaws in the design, processing, or even the silicon itself.
    • It operates as a typical effects plug-in: insert it on an audio channel and send it some signal.
    • The unit's Digital Signal Processing offers two channels for optimal performance and clarity.

transitive verb (British) channelling channelled

  • he should channel his efforts into something constructive
    debería canalizar or encauzar or dirigir sus esfuerzos hacia algo constructivo
    Example sentences
    • Some clinicians believe the money should be channelled towards improving the state of the nation's hospitals.
    • He's got some serious proposals about channeling money towards anti-malaria medication, transportation infrastructure, clean water wells and the like.
    • Mr Rouse is chief executive of the Housing Corporation, which channels public money into social housing schemes.
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