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.
Origin of tunnel
Origin of tunnel effect
Related Words for tunnelingshaft, mine, subway, hole, pit, channel, underpass, burrow, adit, tube, drift, passage, crosscut, penetrate, sap, excavate, undermine
Examples from the Web for tunneling
Contemporary Examples of tunneling
For centuries, people have been tunneling into the landscape, which proved especially adept at hiding those fleeing persecution.The Secret Life of Cappadocia: Underground in the Turkish Rock Formations
August 22, 2013
Historical Examples of tunneling
Then the French spent the next ten days in tunneling to Steenstraate.
Then, armed with their shovels, they began the work of tunneling to the station.The White Desert
Courtney Ryley Cooper
“Brick and Jerry are tunneling this way,” said Hamp, to himself.The Camp in the Snow
William Murray Graydon
They occasionally did so, but the risk did not keep anyone from tunneling.Andersonville, Volume 3
Tunneling has been carried on quite extensively in the mining region.History of the State of California
John T. Frost
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.