siphon

noun
si·​phon | \ ˈsī-fən How to pronounce siphon (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of siphon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a tube bent to form two legs of unequal length by which a liquid can be transferred to a lower level over an intermediate elevation by the pressure of the atmosphere in forcing the liquid up the shorter branch of the tube immersed in it while the excess of weight of the liquid in the longer branch when once filled causes a continuous flow
b usually syphon : a bottle for holding aerated water that is driven out through a bent tube in its neck by the pressure of the gas when a valve in the tube is opened
2 : any of various tubular organs in animals and especially mollusks or arthropods that are used for drawing in or ejecting fluids

siphon

verb
variants: or less commonly syphon
siphoned also syphoned; siphoning also syphoning\ ˈsī-​fə-​niŋ How to pronounce siphon (audio) , ˈsīf-​niŋ \

Definition of siphon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convey, draw off, or empty by or as if by a siphon often used with off

intransitive verb

: to pass by or as if by a siphon

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Noun

siphon 1a

In the meaning defined above

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Synonyms & Antonyms for siphon

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of siphon in a Sentence

Verb The water needs to be siphoned from the pool. She illegally siphoned money out of other people's bank accounts. Funds were siphoned from the schools to build a new stadium. The large chain stores are siphoning profits from the small local stores.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The gifts, the food, the Christmas tree and decorations — sandwiched between two monthly rent payments — siphon money from my bank account. Nerd Wallet, cleveland, "Frugal February: How to nail a no-spend month," 30 Jan. 2021 The gifts, the food, the Christmas tree and decorations — sandwiched between two monthly rent payments — siphon money from my bank account. Nerd Wallet, cleveland, "Frugal February: How to nail a no-spend month," 30 Jan. 2021 The gifts, the food, the Christmas tree and decorations — sandwiched between two monthly rent payments — siphon money from my bank account. Nerd Wallet, cleveland, "Frugal February: How to nail a no-spend month," 30 Jan. 2021 The gifts, the food, the Christmas tree and decorations — sandwiched between two monthly rent payments — siphon money from my bank account. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "5 tips for a ‘no-spend month’ to recover financially from the holidays," 5 Jan. 2021 This week, Motherboard showed just how far that practice extends, reporting that the US military and its contractors have relationships with companies like Babel Street and X-Mode that siphon location data from countless apps. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud," 21 Nov. 2020 Could Mo Alie-Cox return from a knee injury and siphon targets from both of them? Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Fantasy football lineups for Week 8: Start Travis Fulgham and sit DeVante Parker," 28 Oct. 2020 As the order explained, Chinese apps siphon information from users and can be used by Beijing for... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s U.S. WeChat Ban," 18 Sep. 2020 Casinos have long viewed online gambling warily, as a potential siphon of the dollars that come from gamblers attending their venues. Katherine Sayre, WSJ, "Casinos, Investors Bet on Gamblers Playing From Home," 16 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But dozens of local Afghans had swarmed the tankers, invited by the Taliban to siphon off fuel. New York Times, "European Court Backs Germany in Case Over 2009 Killings of Afghan Civilians," 16 Feb. 2021 Not far away, in Hialeah, Florida, Judith Negron, 49, who had been convicted in a separate scheme to siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicare payments, was also at home for the holidays instead of in federal prison. Eric Lipton, BostonGlobe.com, "For prosecutors, Trump’s clemency decisions were a ‘kick in the teeth’," 21 Jan. 2021 The network, which was founded by CEO Christopher Ruddy, had used this as a tactic to siphon off Fox News viewers who were angry that the network had called the race for Biden. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Newsmax finally calls election for Biden amid Electoral College vote," 15 Dec. 2020 While Democrats saw West as a Trump campaign stand-in to siphon off votes from Joe Biden, the entertainer’s tally didn’t come close to salvaging Minnesota for President Donald Trump, who lost the state by about 234,000 votes. Zoë Jackson, Star Tribune, "Rapper Kanye West racks up his second-highest vote total in Minnesota," 10 Nov. 2020 Corruption can siphon away funds, and vaccination campaign planners must sometimes navigate through multiple armed factions. Author: Kathy Gannon, Andrew Meldrum And Lee Keath, Anchorage Daily News, "Wars, instability pose vaccine challenges in poor nations," 28 Dec. 2020 Some law enforcement officials have suggested the pipe bombs may have been a deliberate distraction meant to siphon law enforcement away from the Capitol building at the crucial moment. Devlin Barrett, Star Tribune, "FBI probe of U.S. Capitol riot finds evidence detailing coordination of an assault," 30 Jan. 2021 Newsmax had embraced President Trump's refusal to concede the election and subsequent claims that it was stolen from him in an effort to siphon off Fox News viewers who grew disgruntled with their coverage of President-elect Joe Biden. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Newsmax airs election fact-check amid threat of lawsuit," 21 Dec. 2020 Dozens of attorneys general led by James in New York promised a broad review, aiming to explore Facebook’s digital dominance and its ever-growing efforts to siphon users’ data. Washington Post, "State, federal authorities expected to file antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of siphon

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1859, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for siphon

Noun

French siphon, from Latin siphon-, sipho tube, pipe, siphon, from Greek siphōn

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1 Mar 2021

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“Siphon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/siphon. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for siphon

siphon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of siphon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bent tube used to move a liquid from one container into another container by means of air pressure

siphon

verb

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

: to move (a liquid) from one container to another by using a siphon
: to take and use (something, such as money) for your own purpose

siphon

noun
si·​phon | \ ˈsī-fən \

Kids Definition of siphon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a bent pipe or tube through which a liquid can be drawn by air pressure up and over the edge of a container
2 : a tubelike part especially of a mollusk (as a clam) usually used to draw in or squirt out water

siphon

verb
siphoned; siphoning

Kids Definition of siphon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to draw off by or as if by a siphon

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