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funnel

noun [C] uk   /ˈfʌn.əl/ us  

funnel noun [C] (TUBE)

an object that has a wide round opening at the top, sloping sides, and a narrow tube at the bottom, used for pouring liquids or powders into containers with narrow necks: When you've ground the coffee, use a funnel to pour it into the jar.Straining and filtering devices

funnel noun [C] (ON A SHIP/TRAIN)

(US also smokestack) a vertical metal pipe on the top of a ship or steam train through which smoke comes outParts of ships and boatsTrains and parts of trains

funnel

verb uk   /ˈfʌn.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  
[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to put something, or to travel, through a funnel or something that acts like a funnel: The wind funnels down these narrow streets. The children funnelled along the corridor into the school hall. If you funnel the oil into the engine, you're less likely to spill it.Movement of liquids [T usually + adv/prep] to send something directly and intentionally: No one knows who has been funnelling weapons to the terrorists.Delivering and despatching
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