1. A vessel of the shape of an inverted hollow cone, terminating below in a pipe, and used for conveying liquids into a close vessel; a tunnel.
2. A passage or avenue for a fluid or flowing substance; specifically, a smoke flue or pipe; the iron chimney of a steamship or the like.
(Science: chemical) funnel box, one of the ropes or rods steadying a steamer’s funnel.
Origin: oe. Funel, fonel, prob. Through OF. Fr, L. Fundibulum, infundibulum, funnel, fr. Infundere to pour in; in in – fundere to pour; cf. Armor. Founil funnel, W. Ffynel air hole, chimney. See Fuse.