- 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 syphon
At the breaking of the syphon, enough water is left in the trap to preserve the seal.
These two closets, syphon and the syphon-jet, are preferable to those of any other style.
"Certainly, M. Gaston," replied the physician—he was officiating at the syphon.The Yellow Claw
Yvonne rose as a maid entered with a tray bearing decanter and syphon.The Orchard of Tears
I was only in the room just time enough to place the syphon on the table and withdraw.The Woman in Black
Edmund Clerihew Bentley
- a variant spelling of siphon
- 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 syphon
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.