Channel vs Plasmodesma - What's the difference?

channel | plasmodesma |

As a proper noun channel

is (by ellipsis) the english channel.

As a noun plasmodesma is

(biology) a microscopic channel traversing the cell walls of plant cells and some algal cells, enabling transport and communication between them.


Etymology 1

From (etyl) chenel (French: '', ''chenal ), from (etyl)


(en noun)
  • The physical confine of a river or slough, consisting of a bed and banks.
  • ''The water coming out of the waterwheel created a standing wave in the channel .
  • The natural or man-made deeper course through a reef, bar, bay, or any shallow body of water.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-01
  • , author=Nancy Langston , title=The Fraught History of a Watery World , volume=101, issue=1, page=59 , magazine= citation , passage=European adventurers found themselves within a watery world, a tapestry of streams, channels , wetlands, lakes and lush riparian meadows enriched by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.}}
    A channel was dredged to allow ocean-going vessels to reach the city.
  • The navigable part of a river.
  • We were careful to keep our boat in the channel .
  • A narrow body of water between two land masses.
  • The English Channel lies between France and England.
  • That through which anything passes; means of conveying or transmitting.
  • The news was conveyed to us by different channels .
  • * Dalton
  • The veins are converging channels .
  • * Burke
  • At best, he is but a channel to convey to the National Assembly such matter as may import that body to know.
  • A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.
  • (nautical, in the plural) Flat ledges of heavy plank bolted edgewise to the outside of a vessel, to increase the spread of the shrouds and carry them clear of the bulwarks.
  • (electronics) A connection between initiating]] and [[terminate, terminating nodes of a circuit.
  • The guard-rail provided the channel between the downed wire and the tree.
  • (electronics) The narrow conducting portion of a MOSFET transistor.
  • (communication) The part that connects a data source to a data sink.
  • A channel stretches between them.
  • (communication) A path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals, usually distinguished from other parallel paths.
  • We are using one of the 24 channels .
  • (communication) A single path provided by a transmission medium via physical separation, such as by multipair cable.
  • The channel is created by bonding the signals from these four pairs.
  • (communication) A single path provided by a transmission medium via spectral or protocol separation, such as by frequency or time-division multiplexing.
  • Their call is being carried on channel 6 of the T-1 line.
  • (broadcasting) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies, usually in conjunction with a predetermined letter, number, or codeword, and allocated by international agreement.
  • KNDD is the channel at 107.7 MHz in Seattle.
  • (broadcasting) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television.
  • NBC is on channel 11 in San Jose.
  • * 2008 , Lou Schuler, "Foreward", in'' Nate Green, ''Built for Show , page xi
  • TV back then was five channels (three networks, PBS, and an independent station that ran I Love Lucy reruns),
  • (storage) 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.
  • This chip in this disk drive is the channel device.
  • (technic) The way in a turbine pump where the pressure is built up.
  • The liquid is pressurized in the lateral channel .
  • (business, marketing) A distribution channel
  • (Internet) A particular area for conversations on an IRC network, analogous to a chatroom and often dedicated to a specific topic.
  • (Internet) An obsolete means of delivering up-to-date Internet content.
  • * 1999 , Jeffrey S Rule, Dynamic HTML: The HTML Developer's Guide
  • Netcaster is the "receiver" for channels that are built into Netscape 4.01 and later releases.
  • * 1999 , Margaret Levine Young, Internet: The Complete Reference
  • To access channels in Windows 98, you don't have to go any farther than your desktop.
  • A psychic or medium who temporarily takes on the personality of somebody else.
  • Synonyms
    * (narrow body of water between two land masses) passage, sound, strait * (for television) side , station (US)
    Derived terms
    * channel-hopping * change the channel * ion channel * television channel


  • To direct the flow of something.
  • We will channel the traffic to the left with these cones.
  • To assume the personality of another person, typically a historic figure, in a theatrical or paranormal presentation.
  • When it is my turn to sing karaoke, I am going to channel Ray Charles.
    Derived terms
    * backchannel

    Etymology 2

    From chainwale


    (en noun)
  • (nautical) The wale of a sailing ship which projects beyond the gunwale and to which the shrouds attach via the chains.
  • plasmodesma



    (plasmodesmata) (wikipedia plasmodesma)
  • (biology) A microscopic channel traversing the cell walls of plant cells and some algal cells, enabling transport and communication between them.
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