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funnel

noun fun·nel \ ˈfə-nᵊl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of funnel

1 a :a utensil that is usually a hollow cone with a tube extending from the smaller end and that is designed to catch and direct a downward flow
b :something shaped like a funnel
2 :a stack or flue for the escape of smoke or for ventilation (as on a ship)

Examples of funnel in a Sentence

  1. the funnel cloud of a tornado

Recent Examples of funnel from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of funnel

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


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funnel

verb

Definition of funnel

funneled also funnelled; funneling also funnelling
intransitive verb
1 :to have or take the shape of a funnel
2 :to pass through or as if through a funnel or conduit
  • the crowd funnels through the doors
transitive verb
1 :to form in the shape of a funnel
  • funneled his hands and shouted through them
2 :to move to a focal point or into a conduit or central channel
  • contributions were funneled into one account

Examples of funnel in a Sentence

  1. Winds funneled through the canyon.

  2. Smoke funneled up the chimney.

  3. The crowd funneled through the doors.

  4. He funneled the gas into the tank.

  5. They funneled money into the campaign.

  6. The information was being secretly funneled to the head of the organization.

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First Known Use of funnel

1594

funnel Synonyms


FUNNEL Defined for English Language Learners

funnel

noun

Definition of funnel for English Language Learners

  • : a device shaped like a hollow cone with a tube extending from the point

  • : something that is shaped like a funnel

  • : a large pipe on a ship through which smoke or steam comes out


funnel

verb

Definition of funnel for English Language Learners

  • : to pass through a funnel or a narrow opening

  • : to send (something, such as money) to someone or something in usually an indirect or secret way


FUNNEL Defined for Kids

funnel

noun fun·nel \ ˈfə-nᵊl \

Definition of funnel for Students

1 :a utensil usually shaped like a hollow cone with a tube extending from the point and used to catch and direct a downward flow
2 :a large pipe for the escape of smoke or for ventilation (as on a ship)

Medical Dictionary

funnel

noun fun·nel \ ˈfən-ᵊl \

medical Definition of funnel

:a utensil that is usually a hollow cone with a tube extending from the smaller end and that is designed to catch and direct a downward flow — see büchner funnel


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