Dictionary.com

funnel

[ fuhn-l ]
/ ˈfʌn l /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: funnel / funneled / funnelled on Thesaurus.com

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.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between "it’s" and "its" in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 8
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

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 funnel

fun·nel·like, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use funnel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for funnel

funnel
/ (ˈfʌnəl) /

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

Derived forms of funnel

funnel-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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK