Tunnel Tun"nel, n. [F. tonnelle a semicircular, wagon-headed vault, a tunnel net, an arbor, OF. also tonnel; dim. of tonne a tun; -- so named from its resemblance to a tun in shape. See {Ton}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. The opening of a chimney for the passage of smoke; a flue; a funnel. [1913 Webster]

And one great chimney, whose long tunnel thence The smoke forth threw. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mining) 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. [1913 Webster]

{Tunnel head} (Metal.), the top of a smelting furnace where the materials are put in.

{Tunnel kiln}, a limekiln in which coal is burned, as distinguished from a flame kiln, in which wood or peat is used.

{Tunnel net}, a net with a wide mouth at one end and narrow at the other.

{Tunnel pit}, {Tunnel shaft}, a pit or shaft sunk from the top of the ground to the level of a tunnel, for drawing up the earth and stones, for ventilation, lighting, and the like. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • tunnel — [ tynɛl ] n. m. • 1825 à propos de l Angleterre; angl. tunnel, du fr. tonnelle (XVIe) « longue voûte en berceau » 1 ♦ Galerie souterraine destinée au passage d une voie de communication (sous un cours d eau, un bras de mer; à travers une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tunnel — (engl., »Trichter, Röhre«, v. altfranz. tonnel, Tonne; hierzu die Tafel »Tunnelbau« mit Text), ein wesentlich wagerechter Gang (Stollen) von solchen Abmessungen, daß ein Verkehrsweg (Straße, Schiffahrtkanal, Eisenbahn) durch das Erdinnere geführt …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Tunnel — Tun nel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tunneled}or {Tunnelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tunneling} or {Tunnelling}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To form into a tunnel, or funnel, or to form like a tunnel; as, to tunnel fibrous plants into nests. Derham. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tunnel — Sm std. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. tunnel, dieses aus afrz. tonnel Tonnengewölbe, Faß , aus gall. tunna.    Ebenso nndl. tunnel, ne. tunnel, nfrz. tunnel, nschw. tunnel, nnorw. tunnel; Tonne. ✎ Krüger (1979), 451; DF 5 (1981), 528… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • tunnel — [tun′əl] n. [ME tonel, a net with wide opening and narrow end < MFr tonnelle, arbor, semicircular vault < OFr tonnel, dim. of tonne, TUN] 1. Obs. a) a flue b) a funnel 2. a passageway, as through a mountain or under a body of water, as for… …   English World dictionary

  • Tunnel — Tun nel, v. i. To make a tunnel; as, to tunnel under a river. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tunnel — »unter der Erde angelegter, durch einen Berg führender Verkehrsweg«: Das Wort wurde im 19. Jh. aus engl. tunnel »unterirdischer Gang, Stollen; Tunnel« entlehnt, das seinerseits aus afrz. tonnel (= frz. tonnelle) »Tonnengewölbe; Fass« stammt. Dies …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • tunnel — s.m. [dall ingl. tunnel, fr. ant. tonnel (corrisp. al mod. tonneau botte )]. 1. (trasp.) [ferrovia o strada sotterranea o sottomarina ricavata tramite una lunga apertura attraverso un monte o sotto il livello del mare e sim.: il t. sottomarino… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • tunnel — [n] covered passageway adit, burrow, channel, crawl space, crawlway, crosscut, drift, hole, hole in the wall*, mine, passage, pit, shaft, subway, tube, underpass; concepts 509,513 tunnel [v] dig a passage through burrow, excavate, mine, penetrate …   New thesaurus

  • Tunnel — [Wichtig (Rating 3200 5600)] Bsp.: • Es war ziemlich aufregend, als der Zug den Tunnel durchfuhr …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

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