In telecommunication, the term channel has the following meanings:
- A connection between initiating and terminating nodes of a circuit.
- A single path provided by a transmission medium via either
- A path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals, usually distinguished from other parallel paths.
- Used in conjunction with a predetermined letter, number, or codeword to reference a specific radio frequency.
- The portion of a storage medium, such as a track or a band, that is accessible to a given reading or writing station or head.
- In a communications system, the part that connects a data source to a data sink.
The term channel is another word for strait, which is a relatively narrow body of water that connects two larger bodies of water. In this nautical context, the terms strait, channel, sound, and passage are synonymous and usually interchangeable. For example, in an archipelago, the water between islands is typically called a channel or passage. The English Channel is the strait between England and France.