funnel

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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funnel (plural funnels)

  1. 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.
  2. A passage or avenue for a fluid or flowing substance; specifically, a smoke flue or pipe; the chimney of a steamship or the like.

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funnel (third-person singular simple present funnels, present participle funnelling or funneling, simple past and past participle funnelled or funneled)

  1. To use a funnel.
  2. To proceed through a narrow gap or passageway akin to a funnel; to narrow or condense.
    Expect delays where the traffic funnels down to one lane.
  3. (transitive) To direct (money or resources).
    Our taxes are being funnelled into pointless government initiatives.
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