- 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 siphoning
He also worried that enlistment terms would soon run out on several thousand of his soldiers, siphoning away his strength.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
Think about how Ralph Nader elected George W. Bush in 2000, for instance, by siphoning off a small number of votes in Florida.Why Doesn't Canada Have a Two Party System?
October 6, 2012
To many Americans, pouring aid dollars into a developing country may seem like siphoning cash into a black hole.5 Ways to Put Global Poverty Back on (Whichever) President’s Agenda
Jamie M. Zimmerman
September 22, 2012
He scanned files, photos, and videos, siphoning off anything sexually compromising.The Webcam Sex Crimes
June 29, 2010
With a rubber hose for siphoning in his hand, the boy climbed the steep bank.Riddle of the Storm
Roy J. Snell
Such a connection prevents the possibility of siphoning the traps, as it gives an outward air connection.Convenient Houses
Louis Henry Gibson
Use stomach pump if possible, or empty stomach with rubber tube and funnel, siphoning fluids out.
- 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 and History for siphoning
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.