from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A conical utensil having a small hole or narrow tube at the apex and used to channel the flow of a substance, as into a small-mouthed container.
- n. Something resembling this utensil in shape.
- n. A shaft, flue, or stack for ventilation or the passage of smoke, especially the smokestack of a ship or locomotive.
- intransitive v. To take the shape of a funnel.
- intransitive v. To move through or as if through a funnel: tourists funneling slowly through customs.
- transitive v. To cause to take the shape of a funnel.
- transitive v. To cause to move through or as if through a funnel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A utensil of the shape of an inverted hollow cone, terminating below in a pipe, and used for conveying liquids etc. into a close vessel; a tunnel.
- n. A passage or avenue for a fluid or flowing substance; specifically, a smoke flue or pipe; the chimney of a steamship or the like.
- v. To use a funnel.
- v. To proceed through a narrow gap or passageway akin to a funnel; to narrow or condense.
- v. To direct (money or resources).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vessel of the shape of an inverted hollow cone, terminating below in a pipe, and used for conveying liquids or pourable solids into a vessel with a narrow opening; a tunnel.
- n. A passage or avenue for a fluid or flowing substance; specifically, a smoke flue or pipe; the iron chimney of a steamship or the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hollow cone or conical vessel, usually of tin or other metal, with a tube issuing from its apex, used for conveying fluids into a vessel with a small opening; a filler.
- n. A passage for a fluid or vapor, as the shaft or channel of a chimney through which smoke ascends; specifically, in steamships and locomotives, an iron chimney for the boiler-furnaces; the smoke-stack.
- n. Nautical, a metal cylinder fitted on the topgallant- and royalmastheads of men-of-war, on which the eyes of the topgallant- and royal-rigging are fitted.
- n. In anatomy and biology, an infundibulum: as, the funnel of a cuttlefish.
- n. In the Rhizocarpæ, a space between the thick outer coats of the macrospore, into which the apical papilla projects.
- n. In the chambered cephalopods, the extension of the septum about the siphuncle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (nautical) smokestack consisting of a shaft for ventilation or the passage of smoke (especially the smokestack of a ship)
- n. a conical shape with a wider and a narrower opening at the two ends
- v. move or pour through a funnel
- n. a conically shaped utensil having a narrow tube at the small end; used to channel the flow of substances into a container with a small mouth
Middle English fonel, from Provençal fonilh, from Late Latin fundibulum, from Latin īnfundibulum, from īnfundere, to pour in; see infuse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English funel, fonel, probably through Old French, from Latin fundibulum, infundibulum ("funnel"), from infundere ("to pour in"); in ("in") + fundere ("to pour"); compare Breton founil ("funnel"), Welsh ffynel ("air hole, chimney"). See fuse. (Wiktionary)