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Definition of funnel

What does funnel mean?


  1. a conical shape with a wider and a narrower opening at the two ends
  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
    • 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
    • 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

verb (funnelled, funnelling)

  1. move or pour through a funnel
    • examples: funnel the liquid into the small bottle | The women funnel water into the bowl
    • 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


  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.


  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. B├╝chner 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.


  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 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 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 ...

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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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