noun 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. a projecting tubular part of some animals, especially certain mollusks, through which liquid enters or leaves the body. verb (used with or without object) 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 1650–60; < Latin sīphōn- (stem of sīphō) < Greek síphōn, sī́phōn pipe, tube Related forms si·phon·al, si·phon·ic , [sahy- fon-ik] /saɪˈfɒn ɪk/ adjective si·phon·less, adjective si·phon·like, adjective pseu·do·si·phon·al, adjective pseu·do·si·phon·ic, adjective
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Related Words for siphoned extort
penetrate Examples from the Web for siphoned Contemporary Examples of siphoned Historical Examples of siphoned
Could he have
siphoned the water from one reservoir to the other?
The clear water is then
siphoned or poured off and the glaze is ready for use.
The whole is well stirred from time to time for 48 hours, and the clear liquor is
siphoned off from the precipitate.
Every few days some of the water was
siphoned off through a piece of hose and fresh water run in.
When the other tank, which is below the level and to one side, gets full of water, the fluid is
siphoned out. British Dictionary definitions for siphoned noun 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 zoology any of various tubular organs in different aquatic animals, such as molluscs and elasmobranch fishes, through which a fluid, esp water, passes verb ( often foll by off) to pass or draw off through or as if through a siphon Derived Forms siphonage, noun siphonal or siphonic ( saɪˈfɒnɪk), adjective Word Origin for siphon
C17: from Latin
sīphō, from Greek siphōn siphon
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Word Origin and History for siphoned n.
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. v.
siphon (n.). Figurative sense of "to draw off, divert" is recorded from 1940. Related: Siphoned; siphoning.
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n. 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. v. To draw off or convey through a siphon. To pass through a siphon.
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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.
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