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Meaning of TUNNEL

Pronunciation:  'tunl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars); "the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection"
  2. [n]  a hole in the ground made by an animal for shelter
  3. [v]  force a way through
  4. [v]  move through by or as by digging; "burrow through the forest"

TUNNEL is a 6 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: burrow, burrow
 See Also: catacomb, cut into, delve, dig, hole, hollow, passageway, penetrate, perforate, rabbit warren, railroad tunnel, subway, turn over, underpass, warren



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    2. The opening of a chimney for the passage of smoke; a flue;
       a funnel.
             And one great chimney, whose long tunnel thence The
             smoke forth threw.                    --Spenser.
    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.
    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.
    {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
    {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
  2. \Tun"nel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tunneled}or {Tunnelled};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Tunneling} or {Tunnelling}.]
    1. To form into a tunnel, or funnel, or to form like a
       tunnel; as, to tunnel fibrous plants into nests. --Derham.
    2. To catch in a tunnel net.
    3. To make an opening, or a passageway, through or under; as,
       to tunnel a mountain; to tunnel a river.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a tunnel in your dream, represents the vagina, womb, and birth. Thus it may refer to a need for security and nurturance. Dreaming that you are going through a tunnel, suggests that you are exploring aspects of your unconscious. You are opening yourself to a brand new awareness. Alternatively, it indicates your limited perspective. Seeing the light at the end of a tunnel, symbolizes hope.