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[fuhn-l] /ˈfʌn l/
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.
verb (used with object), funneled, funneling or (especially British) funnelled, funnelling.
to concentrate, channel, or focus:
They funneled all income into research projects.
to pour through or as if through a funnel.
verb (used without object), funneled, funneling or (especially British) funnelled, funnelling.
to pass through or as if through a funnel.
Origin of funnel
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English fonel < Old Provençal fonilh (Gascon) < Vulgar Latin *fundibulum, for Latin infundibulum, derivative of infundere to pour in
Related forms
funnellike, adjective Unabridged
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  • The stars then speed by our masts and funnel till the last is gone.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • The shape of his ear is like that of a funnel, so as to pour the sound into his ear, as it were.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • The small party of voyagers crouched behind the funnel, and were well out of the water's way.

    The Galaxy Various
  • Behind them, the wind rushed with a sullen roar up the funnel of the Pass.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Some of them seemed to spread over a great area, while others appeared to spout skyward, funnel shaped.

British Dictionary definitions for funnel


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
verb -nels, nelling, -nelled (US) -nels, -neling, -neled
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 direction: they funnelled their attention on the problem
(intransitive) to take on a funnel-like shape
Derived Forms
funnel-like, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old Provençal fonilh, ultimately from Latin infundibulum funnel, hopper (in a mill), from infundere to pour in
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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.


1590s, from funnel (n.). Related: Funneled; funneling.

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