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funnelnoun [C]

 us   /ˈfʌn·əl/
  • funnel noun [C] (TUBE)

a ​tube with a ​wideopening at the ​top, ​sides that ​slopeinward, and a ​narrowopening at the ​bottom, used for ​pouringliquids or ​powders into ​containers that have ​smallopenings: Pour the ​batter through a funnel into ​hotoil.

funnelverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈfʌn·əl/ (-l-, -ll-)
  • funnel verb [I/T] (MOVE)

to move or be moved through a ​narrowspace, or to put something in a ​place or use something for a ​particularpurpose: [I] The ​crowd funneled into the ​theater. [T] We’ve been funneling ​ourmoney into renovations.
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"funnel" in British English

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funnelnoun [C]

uk   /ˈfʌn.əl/  us   /ˈfʌn.əl/
  • funnel noun [C] (TUBE)

an ​object that has a ​wide round ​opening at the ​top, ​slopingsides, and a ​narrowtube at the ​bottom, used for ​pouringliquids or ​powders into ​containers with ​narrownecks: After you ​grind the ​coffee, use a funnel to ​pour it into the ​jar.
  • funnel noun [C] (ON A SHIP/TRAIN)

(US also smokestack) a ​verticalmetalpipe on the ​top of a ​ship or ​steamtrain through which ​smoke comes out

funnelverb

uk   /ˈfʌn.əl/  us   /ˈfʌn.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
[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 ​narrowstreets. The ​children funnelled along the ​corridor into the ​schoolhall. If you funnel the ​oil into the ​engine, you're less ​likely to ​spill it.
[T usually + adv/prep] to ​send something ​directly and ​intentionally: No one ​knows who has been funnelling ​weapons to the ​terrorists.
(Definition of funnel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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