Definitions for funnelˈfʌn l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fun•nelˈfʌn l(n.; v.)-neled, -nel•ing; -nelled, -nel•ling.

  1. (n.)a cone-shaped utensil with a tube at the apex for conducting liquid or other substance through a small opening, as into a bottle, jug, or the like.

  2. a smokestack, esp. of a steamship.

  3. a flue, tube, or shaft, as for ventilation.

  4. (v.t.)to concentrate or focus:

    They funneled their profits into research projects.

  5. to pour through or as if through a funnel.

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  6. (v.i.)to pass through or as if through a funnel.

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Origin of funnel:

1375–1425; late ME fonel < early Gascon fonilh蠐 L infundibulum

Princeton's WordNet

  1. funnel, funnel shape(noun)

    a conical shape with a wider and a narrower opening at the two ends

  2. funnel(noun)

    a conically shaped utensil having a narrow tube at the small end; used to channel the flow of substances into a container with a small mouth

  3. funnel(verb)

    (nautical) smokestack consisting of a shaft for ventilation or the passage of smoke (especially the smokestack of a ship)

  4. funnel(verb)

    move or pour through a funnel

    "funnel the liquid into the small bottle"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. funnel(noun)ˈfʌn l

    a device with a wide top and a narrow bottom, used for pouring liquid into small spaces

Wiktionary

  1. funnel(Noun)

    A utensil of the shape of an inverted hollow cone, terminating below in a pipe, and used for conveying liquids etc. into a close vessel; a tunnel.

  2. funnel(Noun)

    A passage or avenue for a fluid or flowing substance; specifically, a smoke flue or pipe; the chimney of a steamship or the like.

  3. funnel(Verb)

    To use a funnel.

  4. funnel(Verb)

    To proceed through a narrow gap or passageway akin to a funnel; to narrow or condense.

    Expect delays where the traffic funnels down to one lane.

  5. funnel(Verb)

    To direct (money or resources).

    Our taxes are being funnelled into pointless government initiatives.

  6. Origin: funel, fonel, probably through , from

Webster Dictionary

  1. Funnel(verb)

    a vessel of the shape of an inverted hollow cone, terminating below in a pipe, and used for conveying liquids into a close vessel; a tunnel

  2. Funnel(verb)

    a passage or avenue for a fluid or flowing substance; specifically, a smoke flue or pipe; the iron chimney of a steamship or the like

Freebase

  1. Funnel

    A funnel is a pipe with a wide mouth, good for feeding, often conical mouth and a narrow stem. It is used to channel liquid or fine-grained substances into containers with a small opening. Without a funnel, spillage would occur. Funnels are usually made of stainless steel, aluminium, glass, or plastic. The material used in its construction should be sturdy enough to withstand the weight of the substance being transferred, and it should not react with the substance. For this reason, stainless steel or glass are useful in transferring diesel, while plastic funnels are useful in the kitchen. Sometimes disposable paper funnels are used in cases where it would be difficult to adequately clean the funnel afterward. Dropper funnels, also called dropping funnels or tap funnels, have a tap to allow the controlled release of a liquid. The term funnel is sometimes used to refer to the chimney or smokestack on a steam locomotive and usually used in referring to the same on a ship. The term funnel is even applied to other seemingly strange objects like a smoking pipe or even a humble kitchen bin.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

funnel(noun)

a tube which is wide-mouthed at one end and narrow-mouthed at the other through which liquid can be poured into a narrow bottle etc

You will need a funnel if you are going to pour petrol into that can.

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