funnel

noun
fun·​nel | \ ˈfə-nᵊl How to pronounce funnel (audio) \

Definition of funnel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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)

funnel

verb
funneled also funnelled; funneling also funnelling

Definition of funnel (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of funnel in a Sentence

Noun the funnel cloud of a tornado Verb Winds funneled through the canyon. Smoke funneled up the chimney. The crowd funneled through the doors. He funneled the gas into the tank. They funneled money into the campaign. The information was being secretly funneled to the head of the organization.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here's a picture of the funnel reported in the Kersey, Platteville, and LaSalle area in Weld County. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Three funnel clouds reported in Weld County though meteorologists say there’s little potential for tornadoes," 23 June 2019 Tornadoes are vertical funnels of rapidly spinning air. Ron Johnson, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 28 Aug. 2019 But freedom’s just another word for your dad slipping you a $20 for funnel cake. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "When the Creepy Carnival Comes to Town," 12 Aug. 2019 The funnel took place near Grand Lake, west of Rocky Mountain National Park. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Rare funnel cloud spotted near Rocky Mountain National Park," 25 July 2019 The 142-foot, 700-ton rocket rose on a funnel of fire, ripping through the air perfectly straight and surprisingly fast before vanishing into a thick bank of clouds. Hari Kumar, BostonGlobe.com, "India launches Chandrayaan-2 moon mission on second try," 22 July 2019 Seed/early-stage VCs should widen the funnel of entrepreneurial ventures receiving funding support. Leonard Sherman, WIRED, "'Blitzscaling' Is Choking Innovation—and Wasting Money," 11 July 2019 And even before the funnel catches up to you, strong winds can flip a car. Kiona Smith-strickland, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Behind 7 Common Tornado Myths," 9 July 2019 The funnel gets deeper and deeper, so that infalling things never quite reach the mysterious singularity at the bottom. Quanta Magazine, "Why Black Hole Interiors Grow (Almost) Forever," 6 Dec. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the suit, Fehn accused the duo of telling him money from merchandise and touring is funneled through one sole company that splits profits and pays the band. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Slipknot's Corey Taylor & Shawn Crahan Respond to Former Drummer's Lawsuit," 13 Sep. 2019 Details about the wire transfers, including some that authorities say were funneled through Swiss bank accounts, were released as part of a new court filing by Attorney General James in the ongoing lawsuit. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "New York attorney general exposes $1 billion in wire transfers by Sackler family," 13 Sep. 2019 Everybody is a potential target’] The money, totaling 220,000 euros, was funneled through accounts in Hungary and Mexico before being scattered elsewhere, Euler Hermes representatives said. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "An artificial-intelligence first: Voice-mimicking software reportedly used in a major theft," 5 Sep. 2019 The money, totaling 220,000 euros, was funneled through accounts in Hungary and Mexico before being scattered elsewhere, Euler Hermes representatives said. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "An artificial-intelligence first: Voice-mimicking software reportedly used in a major theft," 5 Sep. 2019 That perspective takes into account the massive amounts of income-tax revenues that will be funneled into Social Security in the years leading up to its insolvency. Andrew G. Biggs, National Review, "How the Democrats’ Social Security Plan Could Finance a Tax Cut," 15 Aug. 2019 Signed the final day of the season so he could be funneled into the Heat's offseason workouts, the 2018 undrafted guard out of Oakland University thrived with the Heat in both the Sacramento and Las Vegas summer leagues. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat facing three guarantee deadlines this week, with roster flexibility in balance," 28 July 2019 There are indications that more and more families are being funneled into the MPP program, said Kate Clark, senior director of immigration services for Jewish Family Service. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego nonprofit’s legal help a tiny dent in asylum aid needed," 28 July 2019 Five freeway lanes were blocked off and motorists were funneled over to the West Bernardo Road exit. Pauline Repard, Pomerado News, "Fatal crash shuts down northbound I-15," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of funnel

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1594, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for funnel

Noun

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

noun
How to pronounce funnel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of funnel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of funnel (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
fun·​nel | \ ˈfə-nᵊl How to pronounce funnel (audio) \

Kids Definition of funnel

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)

funnel

noun
fun·​nel | \ ˈfən-ᵊl How to pronounce funnel (audio) \

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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