Funnel meaning

fŭnəl
The definition of a funnel is a cone-shaped utensil with openings at the base and the tip.

An example of funnel is what people use to add motor oil to their car without spilling.

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A shaft, flue, or stack for ventilation or the passage of smoke, especially the smokestack of a ship or locomotive.
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To take the shape of a funnel.
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To move through or as if through a funnel.

Tourists funneling slowly through customs.

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To cause to take the shape of a funnel.
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An instrument consisting of an inverted cone with a hole at the small end, or a tapering or cylindrical tube with a wide, cone-shaped mouth, for pouring liquids and powders into containers that have small openings.
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A thing shaped like a funnel.
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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.
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A passage or avenue for a fluid or flowing substance; specifically, a smoke flue or pipe; the chimney of a steamship or the like.
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To form in the shape of a funnel.
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To direct (money or resources).

Our taxes are being funnelled into pointless government initiatives.

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To cause to move through or as if through a funnel.
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To move or pour through a funnel.
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To move into a central channel or to a central point.
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To use a funnel.
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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.

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Origin of funnel

  • Middle English fonel from Provençal fonilh from Late Latin fundibulum from Latin īnfundibulum from īnfundere to pour in infuse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English funel, fonel, probably through Old French, from Latin fundibulum, infundibulum (“funnel”), from infundere (“to pour in”); in (“in”) + fundere (“to pour”); compare Breton founil (“funnel”), Welsh ffynel (“air hole, chimney”). See fuse.

    From Wiktionary