- 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 siphon
Contemporary Examples of siphon
First, they allow Paul to siphon off attention from whichever potential candidate is making news.Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign
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What are the economic factors in play when you siphon off access to the coasts?Life After ‘Winter’s Bone’: Debra Granik on Finding J. Law and the Plight of the Female Director
October 24, 2014
How sick do you have to be to siphon money away from an event for the needy?12-12-12 Concert Ticket Scalpers: The Hurricane Sandy Benefit Spoilers
December 13, 2012
“In order to save the day, I had to siphon gasoline out of a car, which involved me sucking it out of a tube,” said Donahue.Growgirl: Heather Donahue’s Journey From ‘Blair Witch’ to Growing Marijuana
January 6, 2012
By the end of 1983, Wilson had managed to siphon $300 million of unused Pentagon cash to the Afghan mujahideen.My Charlie Wilson War
January 8, 2009
Historical Examples of siphon
The principle of the siphon recorder is exactly the inverse of the mirror galvanometer.
The point of the siphon does not touch the paper, although it is very close.
She helped herself to soda water from a siphon on the sideboard.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
The footman carried a tray with a bottle, glass, ice, and siphon.
The best trap for this purpose is the siphon or running trap.
- 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 for siphon
Word Origin and History for siphon
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.