- a tube or conduit bent into legs of unequal length, for use in drawing a liquid from one container into another on a lower level by placing the shorter leg into the container above and the longer leg into the one below, the liquid being forced up the shorter leg and into the longer one by the pressure of the atmosphere.
- siphon bottle.
- a projecting tubular part of some animals, especially certain mollusks, through which liquid enters or leaves the body.
- to convey, draw, or pass through or as if through a siphon (sometimes followed by off): to siphon water; to siphon off profits into a secret bank account.
Origin of siphon
Examples from the Web for siphoned
Though the Post has the top job site in Washington, competitors like Monster and Craigslist have siphoned off much of the revenue.Washington Post’s Katharine Weymouth Offers the ‘Story Behind the Story’
March 10, 2013
Investigators believe Taylor siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars out of Liberia —and engaged in the blood diamond trade.War Criminal Charles Taylor’s Daughter Defends Her Dad
Robtel Neajai Pailey
April 27, 2012
Could he have siphoned the water from one reservoir to the other?Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
The clear water is then siphoned or poured off and the glaze is ready for use.The Potter's Craft
Charles F. Binns
The whole is well stirred from time to time for 48 hours, and the clear liquor is siphoned off from the precipitate.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Every few days some of the water was siphoned off through a piece of hose and fresh water run in.The Library of Work and Play: Outdoor Work
Mary Rogers Miller
When the other tank, which is below the level and to one side, gets full of water, the fluid is siphoned out.The Motor Boys in Mexico
- a tube placed with one end at a certain level in a vessel of liquid and the other end outside the vessel below this level, so that liquid pressure forces the liquid through the tube and out of the vessel by gravity
- See soda siphon
- zoology any of various tubular organs in different aquatic animals, such as molluscs and elasmobranch fishes, through which a fluid, esp water, passes
- (often foll by off) to pass or draw off through or as if through a siphon
Word Origin and History for siphoned
late 14c., from Latin sipho (genitive siphonis) "a siphon," from Greek siphon "pipe, tube for drawing wine from a cask," of unknown origin. Related: Siphonal.
1859, from siphon (n.). Figurative sense of "to draw off, divert" is recorded from 1940. Related: Siphoned; siphoning.
- A tube bent into an inverted U shape of unequal lengths, used to remove fluid by means of atmospheric pressure from a cavity or reservoir at one end of the tube over a barrier and out the other end.
- To draw off or convey through a siphon.
- To pass through a siphon.
- A pipe or tube in the form of an upside-down U, filled with liquid and arranged so that the pressure of the atmosphere forces liquid to flow upward from a container through the tube, over a barrier, and into a lower container.
- A tubular animal part, as of a clam, through which water is taken in or expelled.