funnel


funnel
[[t]fʌ̱n(ə)l[/t]]
funnels, funnelling, funnelled
(in AM, use funneling, funneled)
1) N-COUNT A funnel is an object with a wide, circular top and a narrow short tube at the bottom. Funnels are used to pour liquids into containers which have a small opening, for example bottles.
2) N-COUNT A funnel is a metal chimney on a ship or railway engine powered by steam.

...a merchantman with three masts and two funnels.

3) N-COUNT You can describe as a funnel something that is narrow, or narrow at one end, through which a substance flows and is directed.

These fires create convection funnels, and throw a lot of particles into the upper atmosphere.

4) V-ERG If something funnels somewhere or is funnelled there, it is directed through a narrow space.

[V adv/prep] The winds came from the north, across the plains, funnelling down the valley...

[be V-ed adv/prep] High tides in the North Sea were funnelled down into the English Channel by a storm. [Also V n adv/prep]

5) VERB If you funnel money, goods, or information from one place or group to another, you cause it to be sent there as it becomes available.

[V n prep/adv] Its Global Programme on AIDS funnelled money from donors to governments...

[V n prep/adv] He secretly funnelled credit-card information to counterfeiters.

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  • Funnel — Fun nel, n. [OE. funel, fonel, prob. through OF. fr, L. fundibulum, infundibulum, funnel, fr. infundere to pour in; in in + fundere to pour; cf. Armor. founil funnel, W. ffynel air hole, chimney. See {Fuse}, v. t.] 1. A vessel of the shape of an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • funnel — [fun′əl] n. [ME fonel < (prob. via an OFr form) Prov fonilh, enfonilh < L fundibulum, infundibulum, a funnel < infundere, to pour in < in , IN 1 + fundere, to pour: see FOUND3] 1. an instrument consisting of an inverted cone with a… …   English World dictionary

  • funnel — (n.) c.1400, from M.Fr. fonel, from Prov. enfounilh, a word from the Southern wine trade [Weekley], from L.L. fundibulum, shortened from L. infundibulum a funnel or hopper in a mill, from infundere pour in, from in in + fundere pour (see FOUND… …   Etymology dictionary

  • funnel — ► NOUN 1) a utensil that is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, used for guiding liquid or powder into a small opening. 2) a metal chimney on a ship or steam engine. ► VERB (funnelled, funnelling; US funneled, funneling) ▪ guide or move… …   English terms dictionary

  • funnel — verb has inflected forms funnelled, funnelling in BrE and funneled, funneling in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • funnel — [v] direct down a path carry, channel, conduct, convey, filter, move, pass, pipe, pour, siphon, traject, transmit; concepts 187,217 …   New thesaurus

  • Funnel — For other uses of the term, see Funnel (disambiguation). A typical kitchen funnel …   Wikipedia

  • funnel — I UK [ˈfʌn(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms funnel : singular funnel plural funnels 1) a tube that is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, used for pouring liquid or powder into a container 2) a tube that lets out smoke and steam from… …   English dictionary

  • funnel — I. noun Etymology: Middle English fonel, from Anglo French fonyle, from Old Occitan fonilh, from Medieval Latin fundibulum, short for Latin infundibulum, from infundere to pour in, from in + fundere to pour more at found Date: 15th century 1. a.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • funnel — fun|nel1 [ˈfʌnl] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old Provençal; Origin: fonilh, from Latin infundibulum, from fundere to pour ] 1.) a thin tube with a wide top that you use for pouring liquid into a container with a narrow opening, such as a bottle 2.) BrE …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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