verb (used with or without object)
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
January 6, 2015
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.
Word Origin 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.