From Middle English funell, fonel, probably through Old French *founel (compare Middle French fonel, Old Occitan fonilh, enfounilh), from Latin fundibulum, infundibulum (“funnel”), from infundere (“to pour in”); in (“in”) + fundere (“to pour”); compare Breton founilh (“funnel”), Welsh ffynel (“air hole, chimney”). See fuse.
funnel (plural funnels)
- A utensil in the shape of an inverted hollow cone terminating in a narrow pipe, for channeling liquids or granular material; typically used when transferring said substances from any container into ones with a significantly smaller opening.
- A passage or avenue for a fluid or flowing substance; specifically, a smoke flue or pipe; the chimney of a steamship or the like.
- araneomorph funnel-web spider
- Büchner funnel
- dung funnel
- Emlen funnel
- filter funnel
- funnel box
- funnel cake
- funnel chanterelle
- funnel chart
- funnel cloud
- funnel mark
- funnel plot
- funnel-shaped, funnelshaped
- funnel stay
- funnel trap
- funnel weaver
- funnel web
- funnel-web spider
- Hirsch funnel
- purchase funnel
- separating funnel
- Sydney funnel-web spider
- thistle funnel
- weighing funnel
utensil used to guide poured liquids
smoke flue, chimney — see chimney
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funnel (third-person singular simple present funnels, present participle funnelling or funneling, simple past and past participle funnelled or funneled)
- (transitive) To use a funnel.
- (intransitive) To proceed through a narrow gap or passageway akin to a funnel; to condense or narrow.
- 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 channel, direct, or focus (emotions, money, resources, etc.).
- Our taxes are being funnelled into pointless government initiatives.
- 2018 June 16, Fiona Sturges, “Cattleprods! Severed tongues! Torture porn! Why I’ve stopped watching the Handmaid’s Tale”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 5 February 2020:
- Like so many others, I was awestruck by the first season, which captured a moment in time and successfully funnelled its rage outwards at a world in which women are indeed silenced, controlled and killed by men.
- 2022, Liam McIlvanney, The Heretic, page 274:
- He was alive to every creak and dunt, the thinness of the walls, as if the tenement block was a kind of aural panopticon that funnelled every sound to the other residents, let everyone eavesdrop on their business.
- (transitive) To consume (beer, etc.) rapidly through a funnel, typically as a stunt at a party.
- 2013, Jonathan Caren, The Recommendation, page 31:
- The first time he did it was to this freshman Kevin Ryers and we all just burst out laughing, watching Kevin try to funnel a beer.
to use a funnel
to proceed through a narrow gap or passageway akin to a funnel
to direct (money or resources)
funnel (plural funnels)
- Alternative form of fummel (“hybrid animal”)