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.
funnel (plural funnels)
- 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.
- 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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- To use a funnel.
- 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)
- 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.
- (transitive) To direct (money or resources).
- Our taxes are being funnelled into pointless government initiatives.