American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To take the shape of a funnel.
- v. To move through or as if through a funnel: tourists funneling slowly through customs.
- v. To cause to take the shape of a funnel.
- v. To cause to move through or as if through a funnel.
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. Specifically— In Ctenophora, an infundibuliform space in which the stomach sinks through a narrow canal which can be closed by muscles.
- 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.
- 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. transitive To direct (money or resources).
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
“Lodged in the funnel is an ice cube. when it melts and flows into the cup the cup overflows.”
“On the server site, the side where the web page rests, the funnel is at its widest, though its width is controlled by the speed of the machine that hosts the web page.”
“The tricky thing about this operation, as I was watching this B roll, is that with responses that involve campus attacks, you've got thousands -- hundreds, if not thousands of people running out in what we call a funnel to go with their instincts, which is to get out of the actual area of incidence.”
“In mid-September, NOM filed a lawsuit against the New York Board of Elections, declaring its intent to once again funnel undisclosed sums of money into political campaigns in key battleground states.”
“That funnel is just the way they hold the turkey when they slit the throat.”
“Bias effects were examined in funnel plots and meta-regression models.”
“STEP 2: Mature bucks are lazy critters, which makes any terrain funnel a high-odds spot for capturing their images.”
“Our prevailing wind here is from the west or southwest, so my primary spot is on the northeast side of a trail or terrain funnel, where I think he's most vulnerable.”
“Per the Casimir effect, a time funnel is created, a vacuum of sorts, (ref: Flashes Before Your Eyes, Wikipedia [definition]), two #15 rabbits were in the same room.”
“The Google funnel is easily measured and if you're marketing anything to anyone, you need to understand it (this idea is so powerful it's now built in to Google's free web analytics program, Urchin).”
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As I got rolling on this, discovered this list, by Trivet.
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