a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)
"the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection"
a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter
move through by or as by digging
"burrow through the forest"
force a way through
An underground or underwater passage.
A passage through or under some obstacle.
A hole in the ground made by an animal, a burrow.
To make a tunnel through or under something, to burrow.
To make a tunnel.
Origin: From tonnelle.
a vessel with a broad mouth at one end, a pipe or tube at the other, for conveying liquor, fluids, etc., into casks, bottles, or other vessels; a funnel
the opening of a chimney for the passage of smoke; a flue; a funnel
an artificial passage or archway for conducting canals or railroads under elevated ground, for the formation of roads under rivers or canals, and the construction of sewers, drains, and the like
a level passage driven across the measures, or at right angles to veins which it is desired to reach; -- distinguished from the drift, or gangway, which is led along the vein when reached by the tunnel
to form into a tunnel, or funnel, or to form like a tunnel; as, to tunnel fibrous plants into nests
to catch in a tunnel net
to make an opening, or a passageway, through or under; as, to tunnel a mountain; to tunnel a river
A tunnel is an underground passageway, completely enclosed except for openings for entrance and exit, commonly at each end. A tunnel may be for foot or vehicular road traffic, for rail traffic, or for a canal. The central portions of a rapid transit network are usually built in tunnels. Some tunnels are aqueducts to supply water for consumption or for hydroelectric stations or are sewers. Utility tunnels are used for routing steam, chilled water, electrical power. or telecommunication cables, as well as connecting buildings for convenient passage of people and equipment. Secret tunnels are built for military purposes, or by civilians for smuggling of weapons, contraband, or people. Special tunnels, such as wildlife crossings, are built to allow wildlife to cross human-made barriers safely.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tun′el, n. an arched passage cut through a hill or under a river, &c.: the long underground burrow of certain animals, as the mole: any mine-level open at one end: (Spens.) a flue, chimney.—v.t. to make a passage through: to hollow out:—pr.p. tunn′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. tunn′elled.—n. Tunn′el-net, a net wide at the mouth and narrow at the other end. [O. Fr. tonnel (Fr. tonneau), a cask; also O. Fr. tonnelle, an arched vault, dim. of tonne, a cask.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'TUNNEL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3965
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'TUNNEL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4383
Rank popularity for the word 'TUNNEL' in Nouns Frequency: #1408
The numerical value of TUNNEL in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of TUNNEL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of TUNNEL in a Sentence
There's a bright light at the end of the tunnel.
I am glad to help you with my tunnel boring machines.
Fund companies see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Where is the light at the end of the tunnel ? i don't know.
The light at the end of the tunnel can be seen more than ever.
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Translations for TUNNEL
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- Stollen, TunnelGerman
- tunailScottish Gaelic
- göng, undirgöngIcelandic
- トンネル, 地下道, 隧道, 坑道Japanese
- ara kūtoroMāori
- tembusan, terowongan, terowongMalay
- ဥမင်, လိုဏ်ခေါင်းBurmese
- tunnel, tunellNorwegian
- tunnel, tunellNorwegian Nynorsk
- туннель, тоннельRussian
- tunel, тунелSerbo-Croatian
- тунел, туннельTajik
- อุโมงค์, ทันเนลThai
- tonnel, tunelTurkmen
- đường hầmVietnamese
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