Funnel Fun"nel, n. [OE. funel, fonel, prob. through OF. fr, L. fundibulum, infundibulum, funnel, fr. infundere to pour in; in in + fundere to pour; cf. Armor. founil funnel, W. ffynel air hole, chimney. See {Fuse}, v. t.] 1. A vessel of the shape of an inverted hollow cone, terminating below in a pipe, and used for conveying liquids or pourable solids into a vessel with a narrow opening; a tunnel. [1913 Webster]

2. A passage or avenue for a fluid or flowing substance; specifically, a smoke flue or pipe; the iron chimney of a steamship or the like. [1913 Webster]

{Funnel box} (Mining), an apparatus for collecting finely crushed ore from water. --Knight.

{Funnel stay} (Naut.), one of the ropes or rods steadying a steamer's funnel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • funnel — [fun′əl] n. [ME fonel < (prob. via an OFr form) Prov fonilh, enfonilh < L fundibulum, infundibulum, a funnel < infundere, to pour in < in , IN 1 + fundere, to pour: see FOUND3] 1. an instrument consisting of an inverted cone with a… …   English World dictionary

  • funnel — (n.) c.1400, from M.Fr. fonel, from Prov. enfounilh, a word from the Southern wine trade [Weekley], from L.L. fundibulum, shortened from L. infundibulum a funnel or hopper in a mill, from infundere pour in, from in in + fundere pour (see FOUND… …   Etymology dictionary

  • funnel — ► NOUN 1) a utensil that is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, used for guiding liquid or powder into a small opening. 2) a metal chimney on a ship or steam engine. ► VERB (funnelled, funnelling; US funneled, funneling) ▪ guide or move… …   English terms dictionary

  • funnel — verb has inflected forms funnelled, funnelling in BrE and funneled, funneling in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • funnel — [v] direct down a path carry, channel, conduct, convey, filter, move, pass, pipe, pour, siphon, traject, transmit; concepts 187,217 …   New thesaurus

  • Funnel — For other uses of the term, see Funnel (disambiguation). A typical kitchen funnel …   Wikipedia

  • funnel — I UK [ˈfʌn(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms funnel : singular funnel plural funnels 1) a tube that is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, used for pouring liquid or powder into a container 2) a tube that lets out smoke and steam from… …   English dictionary

  • funnel — I. noun Etymology: Middle English fonel, from Anglo French fonyle, from Old Occitan fonilh, from Medieval Latin fundibulum, short for Latin infundibulum, from infundere to pour in, from in + fundere to pour more at found Date: 15th century 1. a.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • funnel — [[t]fʌ̱n(ə)l[/t]] funnels, funnelling, funnelled (in AM, use funneling, funneled) 1) N COUNT A funnel is an object with a wide, circular top and a narrow short tube at the bottom. Funnels are used to pour liquids into containers which have a… …   English dictionary

  • funnel — fun|nel1 [ˈfʌnl] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old Provençal; Origin: fonilh, from Latin infundibulum, from fundere to pour ] 1.) a thin tube with a wide top that you use for pouring liquid into a container with a narrow opening, such as a bottle 2.) BrE …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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