[ 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), 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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM funnelfun·nel·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for funnelled
As it funnelled through the bay outside Candahug, some witnesses put its height at a towering 16ft.Typhoon Haiyan: The Philippine Village that Lost Its Men|The Telegraph|November 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So saying, I funnelled my mouth with my hands and shouted in the direction whence the voice had proceeded a few minutes before.A Crime of the Under-seas|Guy Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for funnelled
/ (ˈfʌnəl) /
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 forms of funnelfunnel-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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