What does tunnel mean?

Definitions for tunnel
ˈtʌn ltun·nel

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tunnel(noun)

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

    "the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection"

  2. burrow, tunnel(verb)

    a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

  3. burrow, tunnel(verb)

    move through by or as by digging

    "burrow through the forest"

  4. tunnel(verb)

    force a way through

Wiktionary

  1. tunnel(Noun)

    An underground or underwater passage.

    Etymology: From tonnelle.

  2. tunnel(Noun)

    A passage through or under some obstacle.

    Etymology: From tonnelle.

  3. tunnel(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From tonnelle.

  4. tunnel(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From tonnelle.

  5. tunnel(Verb)

    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. Tunnel(verb)

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

  6. Tunnel(verb)

    to catch in a tunnel net

  7. Tunnel(verb)

    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  

British National Corpus

  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. Ariel Muzicant:

    It reminds me of the economy and the industry of the Third Reich, i am glad to help you with my tunnel boring machines.

  2. Sean Kelley:

    Prisons are designed to punish, to keep people afraid, to deter, this prison changed everything though. The people who built this prison said 'why not rehabilitate, why not inspire penance?' So they built this building calling it a penitentiary. The prison at that time was state-of-the-art, revolutionary and the most expensive in the world. In operation from 1829 to 1971, thousands passed through the large gates in the 142 years it was in operation. The prisoners included some notorious criminals like Al Capone and bank robber William Slick Willie Sutton. Sutton, in fact, was part of a 1945 jailbreak. He and 11 other prisoners built a tunnel they thought would carry them to freedom. Instead, within months after the well-planned escape, all 12 inmates who broke out were caught and returned. Slick Willie was captured just 3 minutes after breaking free. In operation from 1829 to 1971, thousands passed through the large gates in the 142 years it was in operation. The prisoners included some notorious criminals like Al Capone and bank robber William.

  3. President Bill Raney:

    We have had a lot to talk about over the last eight years and about how the people of Appalachia have been sorely affected by the policies of this administration, people in this area are hunting for hope and wanting to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Donald Trump is showing us that light.

  4. Thomas Bach:

    This Olympic flame will be the light at the end of this tunnel.

  5. Charles Krauthammer:

    I suspect from what they tell us this is an ISIS base, an ISIS tunnel, which tells you, number one that ISIS is more entrenched than we would have thought – you have this notion of ISIS being sort of a band of jihadists just running around, but this is pretty entrenched.

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