A funnel is a device used to collect a liquid or gas. It is usually shaped like a cone, and it has a narrow opening at the top.

  • The company is using a funnel to collect the oil.

  • The company is using a funnel to collect the gas.

Definition of funnels


a conical shape with a wider and a narrower opening at the two ends


funnel shape


a conically shaped utensil having a narrow tube at the small end; used to channel the flow of substances into a container with a small mouth


move or pour through a funnel


(nautical) smokestack consisting of a shaft for ventilation or the passage of smoke (especially the smokestack of a ship)

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Example Sentences for funnels

  • 1

    The channel south for the Mercians is therefore in the shape of a funnel.

  • 2

    The funnel is attached to the top of the rocket, to contain the explosion.

  • 3

    The concave shape of the sail funnels the wind through the kite.

  • 4

    The skirt member is attached at the base of the funnel shaped baffle.

  • 5

    A hopper is disposed above the funnel for dispensing the mixture to the funnel.

  • 6

    A funnel is insertable in the neck of the stand.

  • 7

    The funnel and fingers are then raised out of the pouch.

  • 8

    The funnel clouds never reached the ground.

  • 9

    Clearly discernible are the superstructures, parts of the funnel and deck.

  • 10

    The funnel or syringe outer is inserted into the mouth of the tube.