- a cone-shaped utensil with a tube at the apex for conducting liquid or other substance through a small opening, as into a bottle, jug, or the like.
- a smokestack, especially of a steamship.
- a flue, tube, or shaft, as for ventilation.
- Eastern New England. a stovepipe.
- to concentrate, channel, or focus: They funneled all income into research projects.
- to pour through or as if through a funnel.
- to pass through or as if through a funnel.
Origin of funnel
Examples from the Web for funnel
ISIS is able to funnel about 30 to 50 suicide bombers a month into Iraq.ISIS ‘Worse Than Al Qaeda,‘ Says Top State Department Official
July 24, 2014
So why, then, is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel lobbying the Illinois legislature to funnel more people into prison for longer?Are Prisons Bleeding Us Dry?
Sheila A. Bedi
December 1, 2013
Basically, Time Warner Cable agreed to funnel more cash to CBS.Wall Street Plays Defense
September 3, 2013
The funnel swerved off the road and came sweeping up the hillside toward them.
The funnel was roaring in the depths of the woods; William boldly pursued it for another half mile.
Pour it through a funnel into half-pint bottles, and cork them well.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
On the outside the ground slopes away gently from the funnel.
A Prairie-dog hole is shaped like a funnel, going straight down.
She had not a sail aloft nor a plume of smoke in her funnel.
The funnel was freshly painted black with a red band at the top.
- a hollow utensil with a wide mouth tapering to a small hole, used for pouring liquids, powders, etc, into a narrow-necked vessel
- something resembling this in shape or function
- a smokestack for smoke and exhaust gases, as on a steamship or steam locomotive
- a shaft or tube, as in a building, for ventilation
- to move or cause to move or pour through or as if through a funnel
- to concentrate or focus or be concentrated or focused in a particular directionthey funnelled their attention on the problem
- (intr) to take on a funnel-like shape
Word Origin and History for funnel
c.1400, from Middle French fonel, from Provençal enfounilh, "a word from the Southern wine trade" [Weekley], from Late Latin fundibulum, shortened from Latin infundibulum "a funnel or hopper in a mill," from infundere "pour in," from in- "in" + fundere "pour" (see found (v.2)).
1590s, from funnel (n.). Related: Funneled; funneling.