What does funnel mean?

Definitions for funnelˈfʌn l

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word funnel.

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"


  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

  3. Origin: [OE. funel, fonel, prob. through OF. fr, L. fundibulum, infundibulum, funnel, fr. infundere to pour in; in in + fundere to pour; cf. Armor. founil funnel, W. ffynel air hole, chimney. See Fuse, v. t.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Funnel

    fun′el, n. a tube or passage for the escape of smoke, &c.: an instrument (smaller at one end than the other) for pouring fluids into bottles, &c.—adj. Funn′elled, provided with a funnel.—n. Funn′el-net, a net shaped like a funnel. [Prob. through Fr. from L. infundibulumfundĕre, to pour.]

  2. Funnel

    fun′el, n. (prov.) the offspring of a stallion and a she-ass.—Also Fumm′el.

Editors Contribution

  1. funnel

    A type of product or utensil created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, sizes and styles in the shape of a cone with the option of it to be collapsible and used for a variety of purposes.

    Funnels are used in laboratories to move a liquid or substance from one vessel to another and used in kitchens to pour liquids through during cooking.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of funnel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of funnel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Lopez:

    These waterways form a funnel that directed the water into the Industrial Canal.

  2. Li Liu:

    People use the same equipment today for beer-making, the funnel is functional and has been in the same shape for thousands of years.

  3. Naomi Steinberg:

    So to suggest that the solution for Syrian refugees in Jordan is to simply funnel more money into refugee camps in Jordan is erroneous.

  4. Heritage Action:

    The bill would require the U.S. Treasury to mint coins that would funnel up to $4.75 million to Dallas-based Susan G. Komen -- an organization that notoriously funds abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

  5. John Fraser:

    Investors are asking for tightened restricted payments capabilities so that the borrower can’t funnel anywhere near as much or maybe any money out to equity investors before they start repaying the debt.

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