Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Something resembling this utensil in shape.
  • noun A shaft, flue, or stack for ventilation or the passage of smoke, especially the smokestack of a ship or locomotive.
  • intransitive verb To take the shape of a funnel.
  • intransitive verb To move through or as if through a funnel.
  • intransitive verb To cause to take the shape of a funnel.
  • intransitive verb To cause to move through or as if through a funnel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the chambered cephalopods, the extension of the septum about the siphuncle.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In anatomy and biology, an infundibulum: as, the funnel of a cuttlefish.
  • noun In the Rhizocarpæ, a space between the thick outer coats of the macrospore, into which the apical papilla projects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun (Mining) an apparatus for collecting finely crushed ore from water.
  • noun (Naut.) one of the ropes or rods steadying a steamer's funnel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A passage or avenue for a fluid or flowing substance; specifically, a smoke flue or pipe; the chimney of a steamship or the like.
  • verb To use a funnel.
  • verb To proceed through a narrow gap or passageway akin to a funnel; to narrow or condense.
  • verb transitive To direct (money or resources).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (nautical) smokestack consisting of a shaft for ventilation or the passage of smoke (especially the smokestack of a ship)
  • noun a conical shape with a wider and a narrower opening at the two ends
  • verb move or pour through a funnel
  • noun 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English fonel, from Provençal fonilh, from Late Latin fundibulum, from Latin īnfundibulum, from īnfundere, to pour in; see infuse.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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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  • "6. In the chambered cephalopods, the extension of the septum about the siphuncle."

    --Century Dictionary

    March 9, 2011

  • fun(findsomenot)nel

    March 3, 2013

  • I haven't made a comment on this page before, funnely enough.

    February 11, 2016