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tunnel

[ tuhn-l ]
/ 藞t蕦n l /
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noun
verb (used with object), tun路neled, tun路nel路ing or (especially British) tun路nelled, tun路nel路ling.
verb (used without object), tun路neled, tun路nel路ing or (especially British) tun路nelled, tun路nel路ling.
to make a tunnel or tunnels: to tunnel through the Alps.
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Origin of tunnel

1400鈥50; late Middle English tonel (noun) <Middle French tonele, tonnelle funnel-shaped net, feminine of tonnel cask, diminutive of tonnetun; see -elle

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British Dictionary definitions for tunnel

tunnel
/ (藞t蕦nl) /

noun
an underground passageway, esp one for trains or cars that passes under a mountain, river, or a congested urban area
any passage or channel through or under something
a dialect word for funnel
obsolete the flue of a chimney
verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled
(tr) to make or force (a way) through or under (something)to tunnel a hole in the wall; to tunnel the cliff
(intr; foll by through, under, etc) to make or force a way (through or under something)he tunnelled through the bracken

Derived forms of tunnel

tunneller or US tunneler, noun

Word Origin for tunnel

C15: from Old French tonel cask, from tonne tun, from Medieval Latin tonna barrel, of Celtic origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for tunnel

tunnel
[ t怒n蓹l ]

n.
A passage located through or under a barrier.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with tunnel

tunnel

see light at the end of the tunnel.

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