- The definition of a siphon is a tube that is used to draw liquid from one container into another, lower container by atmospheric pressure and gravity.
An example of a siphon is a tube where gas is forced out of a gas tank into a gas container on the ground.
- To siphon is to run a tube from one container to another in a way that uses atmospheric pressure to move the liquid into the lower container.
When you hook up a tube to a gas tank and then use atmospheric pressure to move the gas out of that tank into a gas canister below it, this is an example of a time when you siphon.
siphon definition by Webster's New World
- a bent tube used for carrying liquid from a reservoir over the top edge of its container to a point below the surface of the reservoir: the tube must be filled, as by suction, before flow will start
- siphon bottle
- a tubelike organ in some animals, as cuttlefishes, used for drawing in or ejecting liquids
Origin: French ; from Classical Latin sipho (gen. siphonis) ; from Classical Greek siphōn, tube, siphon
siphon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A pipe or tube fashioned or deployed in an inverted U shape and filled until atmospheric pressure is sufficient to force a liquid from a reservoir in one end of the tube over a barrier higher than the reservoir and out the other end.
- Zoology A tubular organ, especially of aquatic invertebrates such as squids or clams, by which water is taken in or expelled.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin sīphō, sīphōn-, from Greek sīphōn.
- siˈphon·al, si·phonˈic adjective
siphon - Medical Definition
- To draw off or convey through a siphon.
- To pass through a siphon.
siphon - Science Definition
- A pipe or tube in the form of an upside-down U, filled with liquid and arranged so that the pressure of the atmosphere forces liquid to flow upward from a container through the tube, over a barrier, and into a lower container.
- A tubular animal part, as of a clam, through which water is taken in or expelled.