Meaning of TUNNEL in English


— tunneler; esp. Brit., tunneller , n. — tunnellike , adj.

/tun"l/ , n. , v. , tunneled, tunneling or ( esp. Brit. ) tunnelled, tunnelling .


1. an underground passage.

2. a passageway, as for trains or automobiles, through or under an obstruction, as a city, mountain, river, harbor, or the like.

3. an approximately horizontal gallery or corridor in a mine.

4. the burrow of an animal.

5. Dial. a funnel.


6. to construct a passageway through or under: to tunnel a mountain.

7. to make or excavate (a tunnel or underground passage): to tunnel a passage under a river.

8. to move or proceed by or as if by boring a tunnel: The river tunneled its way through the mountain.

9. to pierce or hollow out, as with tunnels.


10. to make a tunnel or tunnels: to tunnel through the Alps.

[ 1400-50; late ME tonel (n.) tonele, tonnelle funnel-shaped net, fem. of tonnel cask, dim. of tonne TUN; see -ELLE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .