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Meaning of funnel

fun•nel

Pronunciation: (fun'l), [key]
— n., v., -neled, -nel•ing -nelled, -nel•ling.
—n.
  1. a cone-shaped utensil with a tube at the apex for conducting liquid or other substance through a small opening, as into a bottle, jug, or the like.
  2. a smokestack, esp. of a steamship.
  3. a flue, tube, or shaft, as for ventilation.
  4. a stovepipe.
—v.t.
  1. to concentrate, channel, or focus: They funneled all income into research projects.
  2. to pour through or as if through a funnel.
—v.i.
  1. to pass through or as if through a funnel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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