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Channel, subst., 1) the bed of running waters: “you nymphs, called Naiads, leave your crisp --s,” Tp. IV, 130. “shall leave his native c. and o'erswell thy shores,” John II, 337. H4A III, 1, 103. Cor. III, 1, 97. Caes. I, 1, 64. Figuratively: “the crystal tide that in the sweet c. of her bosom dropt,” Ven. 958. “here friend by friend in bloody c. lies,” Lucr. 1487. “each cheek a river . . .; O, how the c. to the stream gave grace,” Compl. 285. “fret --s in her cheek,” Lr. I, 4, 307.
2) a gutter, kennel: “throw the quean in the c.” H4B II, 1, 52. H4B II, 1, 52 “as if a c. should be called the sea,” H6C II, 2, 141.
3) the narrow sea between Britain and France: “waft me safely cross the C.” H6B IV, 1, 114.
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