- 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 funneling
So far the prisoner releases seem to have only succeeded in funneling commanders and fighters back to the fighting.Freed Taliban Prisoners in Pakistan and Afghanistan Return to Jihad
Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai
December 6, 2013
Moustafa is also suspected of funneling money from wealthy Syrians and Syrian Americans in the U.S. to the regime through China.Exclusive: State Department Approves, Then Revokes, Visa for New Syrian Diplomat
July 9, 2013
She had several unsavory friends, one of whom was funneling money through her bank account.DSK’s Immunity Claim Rejected: Nafissatou Diallo Will Have Her Day in Court
May 1, 2012
Other documents detailed allegations that Iran was funneling millions of dollars to its protégés in Iraq.Angry Iranian and Arab Leaders in the Middle East React to WikiLeaks Revelations
November 29, 2010
But with the death of Limato, who was responsible for funneling work to Gibson in recent years, things turned darker for the star.Mel's Problems Get Worse
July 9, 2010
- 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 funneling
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.