2. (Maritime) Passage.
ETYM Old Eng. chanel, canel, Old Fren. chanel, French chenel, from Latin canalis. Related to Canal.
1. A relatively narrow body of water linking two larger bodies; SYN. sound.
2. A path over which electrical signals can pass; SYN. transmission channel.
3. (Often plural) A means of communication or access; SYN. communication channel, line.
1. A path or link through which information passes between two devices. A channel can be either internal or external to a microcomputer.
2. In communications, a medium for transferring information. Depending on its type, a communications channel can carry information (data, sound, and/or video) in either analog or digital form. A communications channel can be a physical link, such as the cable connecting two stations in a network, or it can consist of some electromagnetic transmission on one or more frequencies within a bandwidth in the electromagnetic spectrum, as in radio and television, or in optical, microwave, or voice-grade communication. Also called: circuit, line. See also analog, band, bandwidth, digital, electromagnetic spectrum, frequency.
3. A single color within a digital color space. For example, the rgb color space contains three channels—red, green, and blue—and all colors within the rgb color space are created with a combination of one or more of those three color channels. In cmyk there are four channels—cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Color management and graphics applications rely on control and manipulation of individual color channels. See also color space.