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Definition of the noun tunnel

What does tunnel mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: tunnels

  1. a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)
    • example: the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection
    • domain: auto / automobile / car / machine / motorcar
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: passageway = a passage between rooms or between buildings
    • more specific terms:
      • catacomb = an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried
      • railroad tunnel = a tunnel through which the railroad track runs
      • underpass / subway = an underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway
    • part: shaft = a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
  2. a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of tunnel: burrow
    • more generic words: hole / hollow = a depression hollowed out of solid matter
    • more specific terms: rabbit warren / warren = a series of connected underground tunnels occupied by rabbits

Alternative definition of the noun tunnel


  1. An underground or underwater passage.
  2. A passage through or under some obstacle.
  3. A hole in the ground made by an animal, a burrow.

Specialised definition of the noun tunnel

Glossary of sports / power boating

the channel formed by the bottom of the main hull and the inner walls of a sponson

Glossary of sports / rugby union

the gap between the opposing front rows in a scrum or between the two lines of forwards in a lineout

Definition of the verb tunnel

What does tunnel mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: tunnelled, tunnelling

  1. move through by or as by digging
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] over / through / into [Location]He pawed over the documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]He rummaged through the door for the ball

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): bore, burrow, delve, forage, fumble, grope, leaf, listen, look, page, paw, poke, rifle, root, rummage, scrabble, scratch, snoop, thumb.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of tunnel: burrow
    • more generic terms: cut into / delve / dig / turn over = turn up, loosen, or remove earth
  2. force a way through
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: penetrate / perforate = pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance


  1. Tunnel was a nightclub in New York City, located at 220 Twelfth Avenue, in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, New York City, in the Terminal Warehouse Company Central Stores Building, which is now part of the West Chelsea Historic District. Tunnel was opened in December 1986 at the cost of $5 million by Eli Dayan – the founder of Bonjour Jeans – in a space which was formerly a railroad freight terminal. Eli Dayan sold the property to Marco Riccota in January 1990. Peter Gatien acquired the 80,000-square-foot nightclub in 1992. The club was named for the tunnel-like shape of the main room, in which train tracks from the early 1900s ran through a sunken area of the dance floor. These were a relic of an era in which railroad sidings from the Eleventh Avenue freight line of the New York Central Railroad ran directly into warehouse buildings in that area, so that goods could be transferred to and from freight cars which were floated across the Hudson on barges from Hoboken.
  2. Tunnel is a nightclub in St. Petersburg, Russia, generally acknowledged to be the first techno club in the country when it opened in 1993. Located in a disused bomb shelter on Zverinskaya st, the club was shut down for an extended period of time but reopened in 2002 and is, as of December 2004, operating again in its original location.


Tunnel is a musical group.

  • album: "Darkbeat Planet / Reakt.Ammo"


  1. "Tunnel" a.k.a. "The Tunnel": Der Tunnel is a made-for-television German film released in 2001 and loosely based on true events in Berlin following the closing of the East German border in August 1961 and the subsequent construction of the Berlin Wall. Roland Suso Richter directed the film. The theatrical release is 20 minutes shorter than the original television version. The subtitled English version was not available until 2005.
  2. "Tunnel" is a film, directed by Daniel Baldwin.
  3. "Tunnel" is a 2012 animated short film directed by Maryam Kashkoolinia.
  4. "Tunnel" is a 2012 dramatic short film written and directed by Brian Emerick.


  1. "Tunnel" is Buckethead's third album under the name Death Cube K and the first to not feature Bill Laswell. Instead, it is one of the first collaborations of Buckethead and keyboardist Travis Dickerson. The album was released on July 10, 1999 by TDRS music and co-produced by Dickerson.
  2. "Tunnel" is a composition.
  3. "Tunnel" is a musical EP of A.Mochi.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  4. "Tunnel" is a composition.
  5. "Tunnel" is a musical single of Screaming Jets.


Tunnel is a 2014 Nigerian drama film directed by Stanlee Ohikhuare and starring Nse Ikpe Etim, Femi Jacobs, Waje Iruobe and Lepacious Bose. The film tells a story on the life and struggles of a young pastor and his journey to ultimate fulfillment.

  • language: English Language

Phrases with Tunnel

Phrases starting with the word Tunnel:

  1. Tunnel rat
  2. Tunnel diode
  3. Tunnel broker
  4. tunnel vision
  5. Tunnel Springs Penstemon
  6. Tunnel Springs Bladderpod
  7. Tunnel Springs Beardtongue
  8. Tunnel Springs Mountain Bladderpod

Phrases ending with the word Tunnel:

  1. to tunnel
  2. Ear Tunnel
  3. Time Tunnel
  4. wind tunnel
  5. Steam Tunnel
  6. Water tunnel
  7. carpal tunnel
  8. channel tunnel
  9. Rathole Tunnel
  10. railroad tunnel
  11. Light at the End of the Tunnel

Other phrase containing the word Tunnel:

  1. carpal tunnel syndrome

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Tunnel

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Google previewMayfield Bunny (2006)

by Herbert Feldman

The Tunnel is an anachronism.

Google previewAtlas of Orthopaedic Surgery (2004)

A Multimedia Reference by Joseph David Zuckerman, Kenneth J. Koval

ANATOMY The carpal tunnel is a well-defined anatomic channel that topographically extends from the wrist flexion crease to the...

Google previewFrom Modernism to Postmodernism (2005)

Concepts and Strategies of Postmodern American Fiction by Gerhard Hoffmann

A tunnel is an escape route, a way of crossing over things by going under.

Google previewJersey City, Hudson River Waterfront Transportation Corridor Improvements, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System (HBLRTS), Hudson County, Bergen County (1996)

Environmental Impact Statement

Tunnel The West Shore Railroad ( Weehawken) Tunnel is a 4,100 foot long tunnel through the Palisades.

The existing tunnel is an elliptically-shaped arch that measures 26 feet wide by 21 feet high.

Google previewImplementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) Foundation Learning Guide (2014)

(CCNP ROUTE 300-101) by Diane Teare, Bob Vachon, Rick Graziani

Packet Figure 1-18 GRE Tunnel Generally speaking, a tunnel is a logical interface that provides a way to encapsulate passenger packets inside a transport protocol.

Google previewThe World from Rough Stones (2010)

by Malcolm Macdonald

Tunnel is a 2,885-yard hole through the spine of England. From Oldham Road, Manchester, through Mills Hill, Blue Pits, and Rochdale, the line rises steadily until it is 250 feet above its origin. Between Rochdale and Littleborough it levels off, ...

Google previewA Companion to Border Studies (2012)

by Thomas M. Wilson, Hastings Donnan

The Channel Tunnel is a particular point of interest for those concerned with rebordering Britain to halt illegal immigration. Unlike a land border, the Channel Tunnel is a singular port of entry or “choke point” that all vehicles, goods and people ...

Google previewMedical Sciences E-Book (2014)

by Jeannette Naish, Denise Syndercombe Court

The carpal tunnel is an area within the wrist on the palmar aspect bound by: • The transverse carpal ligament (flexor...

carpi ulnaris Extensor digitiminimi Basilic vein Extensor digitorum B Running through the carpal tunnel is the median nerve , ...

Google previewEnglish Reports in Law and Equity (1853)

Containing Reports of Cases in the House of Lords, Privy Council, Courts of Equity and Common Law; and in the Admiralty and Ecclesiastical Courts, Including Also Cases in Bankruptcy and Crown Cases Reserved, [1850-1857] by Edmund Hatch Bennett, Chauncey Smith

A tunnel is a very special kind of work ; the act treats it in connection with viaducts, &c. It may well be that the legislature intended that the landowner and company should have a specific warning where it must be constructed, namely, ...

Google previewEnglish Law and Equity Reports (1853)

by Edmund Hatch Bennett, Chauncey Smith

A tunnel is a very special kind of work; the act treats it in connection with viaducts, &c. It may well be that the legislature intended that the landowner and company should have a specific warning where it must be constructed, namely ...

Google previewMadness in Solidar (2015)

The Ninth Novel in the Bestselling Imager Portfolio by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

The tunnel is an oval a yard and a half high and a yard across at the base, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Architectural and Engineering Feats (2001)

by Donald Langmead, Christine Garnaut

Seikan Tunnel (Seikan Tonneru) in Rome for nearly 1,500 years. It was almost totally destroyed by fire in July 1823 through the carelessness of a workman. The whole world, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, contributed to its restoration by the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (2014)

tunnel release surgeries. However, recent prospective studies have shown that elderly patients (470 years old) and diabetic patients have similar symptom improvement and satisfaction to matched controls. Therefore, patients with early CTS ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of North American Railroads (2007)

by William D. Middleton, RICK MORGAN, Roberta L. Diehl

Notable North American Tunnels Name Date Construction and Material Length and Grade Notable Features Present Status Blue Ridge Railroad, Blue Ridge Tunnel, Vir- ginia 1858 Hard-rock and earth tunnel. Built by hand drilling and black- ...

Google previewThe new international encyclopaedia (1905)

by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby

The tunnel on leaving Modane is of the following dimensions: 25 feet 3% inches wide at the bottom, 26 feet 2% inches wide in the broadest point, and 24 feet inches high, the arch being semicircular. At Bardoneeehia the height is greater by ...

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Small photo of The Wine Tunnel was filmed in Cheongdo-gun , South KoreaSmall photo of Old tunnel underpass of stone with mold with opening of view of green trees.Small photo of NAKHON PHANOM,THAILAND, MAY 29,2018 : Naga Tunnel, Serpant Tunnel,It is a tunnel for cycling for exercise and the most beautiful Mekong River view in Thailand.Small photo of Tunnel entrance roof. Cu Chi Tunnels. VietnamSmall photo of Siloam Tunnel (Tunnel of Hezekiah). Tunnel for supplying water to the ancient Jerusalem in case of siege. Narrow cave, from below green water.Small photo of Subway tunnel in constructionSmall photo of road tunnel, night illuminated More...

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Quotes about Tunnel

It was like I was in a tunnel. Not only the tunnel under the hotel but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit but still able to find even more. (Ayrton Senna)
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Scrabble value of T1U1N1N1E1L1

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

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