funnel

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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.
    • 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)[1]
      A line of clocks in our cheap hotel displays the time in Lagos, Bucharest, Kiev: the capitals of pilgrims who come to kneel at the birthplace of Christ. In reality the entire world funnels through the Church of the Nativity.
  3. (transitive) To direct (money or resources).
    Our taxes are being funnelled into pointless government initiatives.
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