funnel

[fuhn-l]

noun

verb (used with object), fun·neled, fun·nel·ing or (especially British) fun·nelled, fun·nel·ling.

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), fun·neled, fun·nel·ing or (especially British) fun·nelled, fun·nel·ling.

to pass through or as if through a funnel.

Nearby words

  1. funk, casimir,
  2. funked,
  3. funkia,
  4. funkster,
  5. funky,
  6. funnel cake,
  7. funnel cap,
  8. funnel chest,
  9. funnel cloud,
  10. funnel-shaped pelvis

Origin of funnel

1375–1425; late Middle English fonel < Old Provençal fonilh (Gascon) < Vulgar Latin *fundibulum, for Latin infundibulum, derivative of infundere to pour in

Related formsfun·nel·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for funnel

funnel

noun

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 or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -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 directionthey funnelled their attention on the problem
(intr) to take on a funnel-like shape
Derived Formsfunnel-like, adjective

Word Origin for funnel

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
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