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
Related Words for tunnellingshaft, mine, subway, hole, pit, channel, underpass, burrow, adit, tube, drift, passage, crosscut, penetrate, sap, excavate, undermine
Examples from the Web for tunnelling
Historical Examples of tunnelling
I knew that by tunnelling either way I should gain no advantage.
The possibility of tunnelling in a vertical direction was now apparent.
It is a low-grade ore, I should say, and tunnelling and shoring would eat it up.Peter
F. Hopkinson Smith
We are tunnelling into the mountains, where are the great deposits of coal.The Lady of the Shroud
This tunnelling is also called "sapping" and the tunnel itself a sap.The Romance of War Inventions
Thomas W. Corbin
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.