What does funnel mean?

Definitions for funnel
ˈfʌn lfun·nel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. funnel, funnel shapenoun

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

  2. funnelnoun

    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. funnelverb

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

  4. funnelverb

    move or pour through a funnel

    "funnel the liquid into the small bottle"


  1. funnelnoun

    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. funnelnoun

    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. funnelverb

    To use a funnel.

  4. funnelverb

    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. funnelverb

    To direct (money or resources).

    Our taxes are being funnelled into pointless government initiatives.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Funnelnoun

    Etymology: infundibulum, Latin; whence fundible, fundle, funnel.

    If you pour a glut of water upon a bottle, it receives little of it; but with a funnel, and by degrees, you shall fill many of them. Ben Jonson, Discoveries.

    Some the long funnel’s curious mouth extend,
    Through which ingested meats with ease descend. Richard Blackmore.

    The outward ear or auricula is made hollow, and contracted by degrees, to draw the sound inward, to take in as much as may be of it, as we use a funnel to pour liquor into any vessel. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Towards the middle are two large funnels, bored through the roof of the grotto, to let in light or fresh air. Addison.


  1. funnel

    A funnel is a tube or pipe that is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, used for guiding liquid or powder into a small opening. It's typically used to transfer liquids or fine-grained substances into containers with a small mouth, without spillage. In a broader sense, it can also refer to a situation or process that converges from a wide range of sources or factors into a single outcome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Funnelverb

    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. Funnelverb

    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. Etymology: [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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. funnel

    An iron tube used where necessary for carrying off smoke. The cylindrical appendages to the furnaces of a steam-ship: the funnel is fastened on the top of the steam-chest, where the flues for both boilers meet. Also, the excavation formed by the explosion of a mine. Also, in artillery, a cup-shaped funnel of leather, with a copper spout, for filling powder into shells.

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  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

Examples of funnel in a Sentence

  1. Julia Barnes:

    The only number that matters to anybody is the win number, right? i'm looking to build an infrastructure that's going to take the energy that started before us and funnel it into something real. The biggest part of any campaign is spending the time and investing the resources in recruiting, training and motivating volunteers.

  2. Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon:

    What we’ve seen overnight is the prelude of things to come, following the signing of the nuclear agreement and the lifting of sanctions. An Iran that can funnel additional funds and weapons to terror organizations operating against Israel and Western interests in the region.

  3. Detroit Mayor Jim Trett:

    Lake Detroit's the same topography : three canyons coming down like a funnel into the city of Paradise at the bottom of the funnel, when I heard that two years ago I said, that's Lake Detroit.

  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 Lopez:

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

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