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tunnel

noun [C]  /ˈtʌn·əl/ us  
a long passage under or through the earth, esp. one made for vehicles: The train entered the tunnel.

tunnel

verb [I/T]  /ˈtʌn·əl/ (-l-, -ll-) us  
to dig a tunnel: [I] Earthworms digest organic matter as they tunnel. [T] The people trapped in the collapsed building had to tunnel their way out.
Translations of “tunnel”
in Korean 터널…
in Arabic نَفَق…
in French tunnel…
in Turkish tünel…
in Italian galleria, tunnel…
in Chinese (Traditional) 隧道, 地道, 坑道…
in Russian тоннель…
in Polish tunel…
in Spanish túnel…
in Portuguese túnel…
in German der Tunnel…
in Catalan túnel…
in Japanese トンネル…
in Chinese (Simplified) 隧道, 地道, 坑道…
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