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Definition of the noun funnel

What does funnel mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: funnels

  1. a conical shape with a wider and a narrower opening at the two ends
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonym of funnel: funnel shape
    • more generic terms: cone / cone shape / conoid = a shape whose base is a circle and whose sides taper up to a point
  2. 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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: utensil = an implement for practical use
    • part: bell = the flared opening of a tubular device
  3. (nautical) smokestack consisting of a shaft for ventilation or the passage of smoke (especially the smokestack of a ship)
    • domain: ship
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: smokestack / stack = a large tall chimney through which combustion gases and smoke can be evacuated
    • part of: ship = a vessel that carries passengers or freight

Alternative definition of the noun funnel


  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.

Definition of the verb funnel

What does funnel mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: funnelled, funnelling

  1. move or pour through a funnel
    • examples: funnel the liquid into the small bottle | The women funnel water into the bowl
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce there
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] between / in between [Destination, plural]He wedged the diamond between shifting dunes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] into / onto [Destination]I funneled the mixture into the bottle
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] into [Destination]The company is wedging into new markets

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): bang, dump, hammer, pound, push, ram, shake, squeeze, sweep, wedge.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Alternative definition of the verb funnel


  1. To use a funnel.
  2. To proceed through a narrow gap or passageway akin to a funnel; to narrow or condense.
  3. [transitive] To direct (money or resources).

Phrases with funnel

Phrases starting with the word funnel:

  1. funnel web
  2. Funnel Cake
  3. Funnel Lily
  4. Funnel Mark
  5. Funnel Plot
  6. funnel cloud
  7. funnel shape
  8. Funnel Weaver
  9. funnel-shaped
  10. Funnel Supercoil
  11. Funnel Chanterelle

Phrases ending with the word funnel:

  1. to funnel
  2. Filter Funnel
  3. Büchner Funnel
  4. Weighing Funnel
  5. Separating Funnel
  6. Desognaphosa funnel

Other phrases containing the word funnel:

  1. Blue Funnel Lily
  2. Pink Funnel Lily
  3. Cuban Funnel-Eared Bat

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"Funnel" is a 2013 short comedy adventure film written and directed by Andre Hyland.


"Funnel" is a musical EP of The Cedars Two.

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  1. Funnel: A funnel is the smokestack or chimney on a ship used to expel boiler steam and smoke or engine exhaust. They are also commonly referred to as stacks.
  2. Funnel: In Computer Science, a funnel is a synchronization primitive used in kernel development to protect system resources. First used on Digital UNIX as a way to "funnel" device driver execution onto a single processor, funnels are now used in the Mac OS X kernel to serialize access to the BSD portion of xnu.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for funnel

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Google previewGoogle Analytics (2010)

by Justin Cutroni

A funnel is a series of predefined steps, or pages, that a visitor must pass through before reaching a goal. Not every goal will have...

Google previewPractical Pharmaceutical Chemistry - Ii (2008)

by Dr. A. V. Kasture, Dr. S. G. Wadodkar

Buchner funnel is a perforated bottom porcelain funnel. The funnel is placed on the flask by rubber bung. A filter paper of the size ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cancer (2011)

by Manfred Schwab

Funnel Factors. Fig. 1 Schematic diagram showing how funneling factors channel the proliferation signal Growth signals Receptors m > DAG AM Pc RAS AKT JAK 02— PKC PKA MAPK mTOR STAT H202 No 2+ Ca cGMP CAMK PKG Funnel ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmetrics (2001)

by Abdel H. El-Shaarawi, Walter W. Piegorsch

The first is the funnel plot, which gives a good graphical indication of the possible existence of some forms of publication bias. If one plots the effect size against some measure of size of study, then under the normal assumptions of either the ...

Google previewIllustrated Marine Encyclopedia (1890)

by Heinrich Paasch

Funnel. The large tube of sheet-iron, extending from the uptake high above the ...

Google previewPocket Encyclopedia (1811)

Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Polite Literature by Edward Augustus Kendall

There are various kinds of rain-gauges: that used at the apartments belonging to the Royal Society, at Somerset- House, is thus described: The vessel which receives the rain is a conical funnel, strengthened at the top by a brass ring twelve ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1995)

Volume 52 - Solid-Liquid Separation: Clarifiers and Thickeners Selection to Specific Gravity and Specific Heats by John J. McKetta Jr

SLOUGHS FUNNEL FLOW (RAT -HOLEl MUST ExCEED REO'D "CRITICAL CORE" DIMENSION ExPANDED FLOW MASS FLOW FIG 2 The three basic material flow patterns from storage. For simplicity, they are shown without the potential ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry (2010)


funnel interfacewas developed bySmithet Pacific Northwest National Laboratory asa replacement to the skimmer( Figure 6(c)).In contrasttothe skimmer interface, theionfunnel canfocus ions in a broadrangeof m/z ratio exiting the inlet ...

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Quotes about funnel

Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdom we've learned and create something. (Liz Carpenter)
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Scrabble value of F4U1N1N1E1L1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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