tunnel

[tuhn-l]

noun

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.

to make a tunnel or tunnels: to tunnel through the Alps.

Nearby words

  1. tunja,
  2. tunka,
  3. tunker,
  4. tunkers,
  5. tunnage,
  6. tunnel diode,
  7. tunnel disease,
  8. tunnel effect,
  9. tunnel of love,
  10. tunnel vision

Origin of tunnel

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

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British Dictionary definitions for tunnel

tunnel

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 Formstunneller 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

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Word Origin and History for tunnel
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Medicine definitions for tunnel

tunnel

[tŭnəl]

n.

A passage located through or under a barrier.

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Idioms and Phrases with tunnel

tunnel

see light at the end of the tunnel.

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