verb (used with object), tun·neled, tun·nel·ing or (especially British) tun·nelled, tun·nel·ling.
verb (used without object), tun·neled, tun·nel·ing or (especially British) tun·nelled, tun·nel·ling.
- tunnel diode,
- tunnel disease,
- tunnel effect,
- tunnel of love,
- tunnel vision
Origin of tunnel
Examples from the Web for tunnel
The only catch—he never mined a thing and the tunnel led to a scenic ledge.
Over the next 36 years, he would dig a 2,087-foot tunnel that led absolutely nowhere.
After the tunnel was complete, Schmidt went about building a rail line through it.
For years, William Schmidt single-handedly dug a tunnel through a mountain to transport his gold-rush loot.
When the project was completed, Schmidt moved from the tunnel into town.
In a few moments the submarine had climbed back to the level of the tunnel.
The statement may be true; but instead of a cave there is only a tunnel a few rods in length.Archeological Investigations|Gerard Fowke
But it was absolutely necessary, for there was no other plan by which I could tunnel through the tops of the boxes.The Boy Tar|Mayne Reid
It gets its power from the ocean, a tunnel having been dug out under the water and thence upwards so as to cause great pressure.Journeys and Experiences in Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile|Henry Stephens
The Germans had counter-sapped, broken into his tunnel, and exploded a mine there.
verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled
Word Origin for tunnel
mid-15c., "funnel-shaped net for catching birds," from Middle French tonnelle "net," or tonel "cask," diminutive of Old French tonne "tun, cask for liquids," possibly from the same source as Old English tunne (see tun).
Sense of "tube, pipe" (1540s) developed in English and led to sense of "underground passage," which is first attested 1765, about five years after the first modern tunnel was built (on the Grand Trunk Canal in England). This sense subsequently has been borrowed into French (1878). The earlier native word for this was mine. Meaning "burrow of an animal" is from 1873. Tunnel vision first recorded 1949. The figurative phrase light at the end of the tunnel is attested from 1922.
"excavate underground," 1795, from tunnel (n.).
see light at the end of the tunnel.