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  ( funnels    plural & 3rd person present)   ( funnelling    present participle)   ( funnelled    past tense & past participle  )
in AM, use funneling, funneled     
1       n-count   A funnel is an object with a wide, circular top and a narrow short tube at the bottom. Funnels are used to pour liquids into containers which have a small opening, for example bottles.  
2       n-count   A funnel is a metal chimney on a ship or railway engine powered by steam.  
...a merchantman with three masts and two funnels.     
3       n-count   You can describe as a funnel something that is narrow, or narrow at one end, through which a substance flows and is directed.  
These fires create convection funnels, and throw a lot of particles into the upper atmosphere.     
4       verb   If something funnels somewhere or is funnelled there, it is directed through a narrow space.  
The winds came from the north, across the plains, funnelling down the valley...      V adv/prep  
High tides in the North Sea were funnelled down into the English Channel by a storm.      be V-ed adv/prep, Also V n adv/prep  
5       verb   If you funnel money, goods, or information from one place or group to another, you cause it to be sent there as it becomes available.   (=channel)  
Its Global Programme on AIDS funnelled money from donors to governments...      V n prep/adv  
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      vb   channel, conduct, convey, direct, filter, move, pass, pour  

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fuel, funnily, funeral, funny

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