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funnel

fun·nel

funnel

 
 
pronunciation:
fuh nl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a conical utensil with a narrow tube at the small end, used to pour a liquid or other flowing substance into a container with a small opening.
Using a funnel, he poured the wine from the small carafe back into the bottle.
 
definition 2: a flue or shaft used for ventilation, esp. a smokestack on a ship.
similar words:
stack
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: funneled, funneling, funnels
definition: to concentrate or focus, as if pouring through a funnel.
You'll need to funnel your attention toward your school work now.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to take the shape of or move as if through a funnel.
The traffic funneled through a narrow detour route.
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