from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To watch a number of different television stations in rapid succession by using a remote control.
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- v. To watch a series of television stations for a short time each, by repeated use of a remote control
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. switch channels, on television
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"By the one-year anniversary, it was just chilling - you couldn't channel-surf without hitting four or five of these things," adds Brooklyn native Heather Incubo, her eyes tearing up.
In 1974, USC was down 24-0 to the defending national champs with 10 seconds remaining in the first half — a good time for viewers to channel-surf away.
As most TV viewers channel-surf without many options this summer, science fiction is aiming to fill a void.
They would be able to channel-surf right on the touch screen, with no need for a remote.
If you channel-surf with any regularity, you have almost certainly noticed that shows offering absurdly close-up views of nature, and especially of animals, have been popping up everywhere lately.
It's no wonder, then, that at the end of a hard day, most adults just want to collapse on the sofa and channel-surf.
It is amazing, some of the things you find when you channel-surf late at night.
Pausing a channel-surf session, I watched CNN's former chunky ex-junkie blowhard Glenn Beck's dissertation on Wall Street's collapse.
We channel-surf to stations that offer tabloid journalism, voting with our remotes against the more reasoned opinion, or the balanced analysis.
But NASA's smart computers are set to channel-surf the skies: The All-Sky Survey, centered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will scan the entire celestial vault.