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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for funnels

pour, filter, transmit, siphon, channel, move, pipe, convey, conduct, carry, pass, traject

Examples from the Web for funnels

Contemporary Examples of funnels

  • Another reason to keep an upper hand: Russia also funnels oil to Europe via a pipeline that runs directly through Ukraine.

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    Nina Strochlic

    February 19, 2014

  • Create a public jobs program that funnels the unemployed to fast growing areas such as at-home health care and child care.

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    How I'd Create Jobs

    The Daily Beast

    December 7, 2009

Historical Examples of funnels

British Dictionary definitions for funnels



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 funnels



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper