What does tunnel mean?

Definitions for tunnel
ˈtʌn ltun·nel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tunnelnoun

    a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)

    "the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection"

  2. burrow, tunnelverb

    a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

  3. burrow, tunnelverb

    move through by or as by digging

    "burrow through the forest"

  4. tunnelverb

    force a way through

Wiktionary

  1. tunnelnoun

    An underground or underwater passage.

    Etymology: From tonnelle.

  2. tunnelnoun

    A passage through or under some obstacle.

    Etymology: From tonnelle.

  3. tunnelnoun

    A hole in the ground made by an animal, a burrow.

    Etymology: From tonnelle.

  4. tunnelverb

    To make a tunnel through or under something, to burrow.

    Etymology: From tonnelle.

  5. tunnelverb

    To make a tunnel.

    Etymology: From tonnelle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tunnel

    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

  2. Tunnel

    the opening of a chimney for the passage of smoke; a flue; a funnel

  3. Tunnel

    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

  4. Tunnel

    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

  5. Tunnelverb

    to form into a tunnel, or funnel, or to form like a tunnel; as, to tunnel fibrous plants into nests

  6. Tunnelverb

    to catch in a tunnel net

  7. Tunnelverb

    to make an opening, or a passageway, through or under; as, to tunnel a mountain; to tunnel a river

Freebase

  1. Tunnel

    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

  1. Tunnel

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tunnel

    A type of space and structure created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, styles and sizes for a specific purpose.

    Tunnels are necessary in certain parts of the e.g. through the alps & the channel tunnel.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 19, 2019  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tunnel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3965

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tunnel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4383

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tunnel' in Nouns Frequency: #1408

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tunnel in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tunnel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of tunnel in a Sentence

  1. Steve Meyer:

    They would probably absorb those in the short run, as long as there was light at the end of the tunnel.

  2. Sherwood Neiss:

    To see the light at the end of the tunnel for the regulations and the amazing opportunity that this means for entrepreneurs, investors, innovation and our country in general is beyond exciting.

  3. Special Agent Michael D. Leverock:

    So, if somebody's been bragging about this, somebody's seen this wagon, seen a generator and some folks who are talking about a tunnel, certainly give us a call.

  4. Allan Zeman:

    It's not an easy situation, because at the moment, there's no light at the end of the tunnel, i know many of my tenants. I don't know if they can survive.

  5. John F. Kennedy, speech in 1962:

    We don't see the end of the tunnel but I must say I don't think it is darker than it was a year ago, and in some ways lighter.

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. plush
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    • C. cosmopolitan
    • D. dangerous

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