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.
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- n. an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that forms a channel between France and Britain
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French naval squadrons were stationed in the English Channel and the French West Indies to deter the British from interfering with the operation, and efforts were made to enlist the active assistance of Spain.
“Owing to recent developments in mines, torpedoes, torpedo craft and submarines,” declared a Committee of Imperial Defence paper on December 6, 1912, “the passage of the Straits of Dover and the English Channel by ships of a power at war with Great Britain would be attended with such risks that, for practical purposes, the North Sea may be regarded as having only one exit, the northern one.”
Ships of all countries wishing to trade to and from Norway, the Baltic, Denmark, and Holland, are advised to come, if inward bound, by the English Channel and the Straits of Dover.
Before long, he had outsailed all but the fifty-gun ship, when he espied ahead of him the entire English Channel fleet, including twenty-eight ships of the line several of which were three-deckers, and a number of frigates, sloops of war, and cutters, extending in a line southward for about nine miles from the Isle of Wight.
She ran the blockade off Newport and got away to the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay.
Southerly, at many miles 'distance, and over the hills and ridges coastward, she could discern a surface like polished steel: it was the English Channel at a point far out towards France.
And then I told her that we would stay at home for all the summer months, close to the sea, and I would show her the fun of cruising in the English Channel and the West of Ireland.
He paused to look back over the broad sweep of Carrick Roads, the sinuous estuary which led out from the tip of Cornwall towards the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean.