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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fun•nel /ˈfʌnəl/USA pronunciation
n., v., -neled, -nel•ingor (esp. Brit.)-nelled, -nel•ling.
a cone-shaped utensil with a tube at the point for channeling a substance through a small opening.
a smokestack, esp. of a steamship.
a shaft for ventilation.
[~ + object] to pass along;
channel:funneled their profits into research.
to (cause to) pass through or as if through a funnel: [no object]The group funneled out of the stadium.[~ + object]funneled the traffic around the overturned truck.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
funnel /ˈfʌnəl/ n
vb ( -nels, nelling, -nelled) ( US -nels, -neling, -neled)
- a hollow utensil with a wide mouth tapering to a small hole, used for pouring liquids, powders, etc, into a narrow-necked vessel
- something resembling this in shape or function
- a smokestack for smoke and exhaust gases, as on a steamship or steam locomotive
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old Provençal fonilh, ultimately from Latin infundibulum funnel, hopper (in a mill), from infundere to pour inˈfunnel-ˌlike adj
- to move or cause to move or pour through or as if through a funnel