Tunnel


Tunnel
Tunnel Tun"nel, n. [F. tonnelle a semicircular, wagon-headed vault, a tunnel net, an arbor, OF. also tonnel; dim. of tonne a tun; -- so named from its resemblance to a tun in shape. See {Ton}.] 1. A vessel with a broad mouth at one end, a pipe or tube at the other, for conveying liquor, fluids, etc., into casks, bottles, or other vessels; a funnel. [1913 Webster]

2. The opening of a chimney for the passage of smoke; a flue; a funnel. [1913 Webster]

And one great chimney, whose long tunnel thence The smoke forth threw. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. An artificial passage or archway for conducting canals or railroads under elevated ground, for the formation of roads under rivers or canals, and the construction of sewers, drains, and the like. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mining) A level passage driven across the measures, or at right angles to veins which it is desired to reach; -- distinguished from the drift, or gangway, which is led along the vein when reached by the tunnel. [1913 Webster]

{Tunnel head} (Metal.), the top of a smelting furnace where the materials are put in.

{Tunnel kiln}, a limekiln in which coal is burned, as distinguished from a flame kiln, in which wood or peat is used.

{Tunnel net}, a net with a wide mouth at one end and narrow at the other.

{Tunnel pit}, {Tunnel shaft}, a pit or shaft sunk from the top of the ground to the level of a tunnel, for drawing up the earth and stones, for ventilation, lighting, and the like. [1913 Webster]


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  • tunnel — [ tynɛl ] n. m. • 1825 à propos de l Angleterre; angl. tunnel, du fr. tonnelle (XVIe) « longue voûte en berceau » 1 ♦ Galerie souterraine destinée au passage d une voie de communication (sous un cours d eau, un bras de mer; à travers une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tunnel [1] — Tunnel, künstlich hergestellter Hohlraum von größerem, verschiedenartig gestaltetem röhrenförmigem Querschnitte, der unter der Erdoberfläche oder unter Gewässern, horizontal oder geneigt in gerader Linie oder in Krümmungen angelegt, zur freien,… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Tunnel [3] — Tunnel, erweiterter Ausdruck nicht nur für ein, im rein bergmännischen Ausbau durch ragende Hindernisse oder unter der Erd(Wasser )oberfläche errichtetes röhrenförmiges Bauwerk, sondern auch für ein solches, das offen, von Tag aus oder nach… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Tunnel — (engl., »Trichter, Röhre«, v. altfranz. tonnel, Tonne; hierzu die Tafel »Tunnelbau« mit Text), ein wesentlich wagerechter Gang (Stollen) von solchen Abmessungen, daß ein Verkehrsweg (Straße, Schiffahrtkanal, Eisenbahn) durch das Erdinnere geführt …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Tunnel — Tun nel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tunneled}or {Tunnelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tunneling} or {Tunnelling}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To form into a tunnel, or funnel, or to form like a tunnel; as, to tunnel fibrous plants into nests. Derham. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tunnel 1 — (6,330m), is a tunnel under construction situated in the department of Cundinamarca, Colombia. The tunnel is located on the road that connects Tobiagrande with Puerto Salgar. Up ahead the road connects with another tunnel that is named Tunnel 11… …   Wikipedia

  • Tunnel — Sm std. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. tunnel, dieses aus afrz. tonnel Tonnengewölbe, Faß , aus gall. tunna.    Ebenso nndl. tunnel, ne. tunnel, nfrz. tunnel, nschw. tunnel, nnorw. tunnel; Tonne. ✎ Krüger (1979), 451; DF 5 (1981), 528… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • tunnel — [tun′əl] n. [ME tonel, a net with wide opening and narrow end < MFr tonnelle, arbor, semicircular vault < OFr tonnel, dim. of tonne, TUN] 1. Obs. a) a flue b) a funnel 2. a passageway, as through a mountain or under a body of water, as for… …   English World dictionary

  • Tunnel — Tun nel, v. i. To make a tunnel; as, to tunnel under a river. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tunnel — »unter der Erde angelegter, durch einen Berg führender Verkehrsweg«: Das Wort wurde im 19. Jh. aus engl. tunnel »unterirdischer Gang, Stollen; Tunnel« entlehnt, das seinerseits aus afrz. tonnel (= frz. tonnelle) »Tonnengewölbe; Fass« stammt. Dies …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch