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English Channel


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An arm of the Atlantic Ocean between western France and southern England. It opens into the North Sea and is traversed by a train-ferry service. A rail tunnel beneath the English Channel, known as the "chunnel,” connecting Folkstone, England and Calais, France, was opened in 1994.

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  • proper n. The part of the Atlantic Ocean that separates the island of Great Britain from northern France, and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that forms a channel between France and Britain


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  • They reached Europe on the fifth day, first making a short stop early in the morning at Le Havre, across the English Channel in France.

    Into the Story

  • And across the English Channel, France has given the green light to a U.N. resolution that would lift sanctions against Libya.

    CNN Transcript Sep 11, 2003

  • The average depth of the Irish Sea, St. George Channel, the English Channel and the North Sea is only about 250 feet, and there are thousands of places in the North Sea, particularly, like the Dogger

    The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet

  • The relatively shallow waters of the European continental shelf include those around the UK and Ireland, spanning the North Sea, English Channel and Irish Sea.

    BBC News - Home

  • All had been occupied, leaving France’s British ally to flee back across the English Channel.

    Sealing Their Fate

  • For instance, in the mid-1960s, children in London were starting their potty training before they were five months old, while Parisian children—just across the English Channel—weren’t starting until they were almost eight months old.

    pottytrain your child in just one day

  • Later that afternoon, we boarded the Britannia and sailed out into the English Channel, where we joined a long line of ships, including the Jeremiah O’Brien, one of the ships used by the U.S. government to ferry supplies to England during the war.

    Living History


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