I. noun also syphon Etymology: French siphon, from Latin siphon-, sipho tube, pipe, siphon, from Greek siphōn Date: 1659 1. a. a tube bent to form two legs of unequal length by which a liquid can be transferred to a lower level over an intermediate elevation by the pressure of the atmosphere in forcing the liquid up the shorter branch of the tube immersed in it while the excess of weight of the liquid in the longer branch when once filled causes a continuous flow b. (usually syphon) a bottle for holding aerated water that is driven out through a bent tube in its neck by the pressure of the gas when a valve in the tube is opened 2. any of various tubular organs in animals and especially mollusks or arthropods that are used for drawing in or ejecting fluids II. verb also syphon (siphoned; also syphoned; siphoning; also syphoning) Date: 1859 transitive verb to convey, draw off, or empty by or as if by a siphon — often used with off intransitive verb to pass by or as if by a siphon

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  • Siphon — Si phon, n. [F. siphon, L. sipho, onis, fr. Gr. ??? a siphon, tube, pipe.] 1. A device, consisting of a pipe or tube bent so as to form two branches or legs of unequal length, by which a liquid can be transferred to a lower level, as from one… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Siphon — [ˈziːfɔ̃, ziˈfɔ̃ː, ziˈfoːn] (von griech. σίφων [ˈsipʰɔːn] „Heber“) bedeutet: Siphon (Geruchsverschluss), ein U förmiger Gas oder Geruchsverschluss, hauptsächlich bei Kanalisationanschlüssen Herunter und wieder herauf geführte Rohrleitung, um eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • siphon — SIPHON. s. m. Tuyau recourbé dont les deux branches sont inégales. Siphon de verre. siphon de fer blanc. on se sert du siphon pour les experiences sur la pesanteur des liqueurs. Siphon, En terme de Marine, & principalement sur la Mediterranée,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • siphon — [sī′fən] n. [Fr < L sipho (gen. siphonis) < Gr siphōn, tube, siphon] 1. 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… …   English World dictionary

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