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tun·nel

 (tŭn′əl)
n.
1. An underground or underwater passage.
2. A passage through or under a barrier such as a mountain.
3. A tube-shaped structure.
v. tun·neled, tun·nel·ing, tun·nels or tun·nelled or tun·nel·ling
v.tr.
1. To make a tunnel through or under: tunneling the granite.
2. To produce, shape, or dig in the form of a tunnel: tunnel a passageway out of prison.
v.intr.
To make a tunnel.

[Middle English tonel, barrel, tubular net, from Old French tonnel, diminutive of tonne, tun, possibly of Celtic origin.]

tun′nel·er, tun′nel·ler n.
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tunnel

(ˈtʌnəl)
n
1. (Civil Engineering) an underground passageway, esp one for trains or cars that passes under a mountain, river, or a congested urban area
2. any passage or channel through or under something
3. a dialect word for funnel
4. (Building) obsolete the flue of a chimney
vb, -nels, -nelling or -nelled, -nels, -neling or -neled
5. (Civil Engineering) (tr) to make or force (a way) through or under (something): to tunnel a hole in the wall; to tunnel the cliff.
6. (intr; foll by through, under, etc) to make or force a way (through or under something): he tunnelled through the bracken.
[C15: from Old French tonel cask, from tonne tun, from Medieval Latin tonna barrel, of Celtic origin]
ˈtunneller, ˈtunneler n
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tun•nel

(ˈtʌn l)

n., v. -neled, -nel•ing (esp. Brit.) -nelled, -nel•ling. n.
1. an underground passage.
2. a passageway, as for trains or automobiles, through or under a mountain, river, or other obstruction.
3. an approximately horizontal gallery or corridor in a mine.
4. the burrow of an animal.
5. Dial. a funnel.
v.t.
6. to construct a passageway through or under.
7. to make or excavate (a tunnel or underground passage).
v.i.
8. to make a tunnel or tunnels.
[1400–50; late Middle English tonel (n.) < Middle French tonele, tonnelle funnel-shaped net, feminine of tonnel cask, diminutive of tonne tun; see -elle]
tun′nel•er, n.
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tunnel


Past participle: tunnelled
Gerund: tunnelling

Imperative
tunnel
tunnel
Present
I tunnel
you tunnel
he/she/it tunnels
we tunnel
you tunnel
they tunnel
Preterite
I tunnelled
you tunnelled
he/she/it tunnelled
we tunnelled
you tunnelled
they tunnelled
Present Continuous
I am tunnelling
you are tunnelling
he/she/it is tunnelling
we are tunnelling
you are tunnelling
they are tunnelling
Present Perfect
I have tunnelled
you have tunnelled
he/she/it has tunnelled
we have tunnelled
you have tunnelled
they have tunnelled
Past Continuous
I was tunnelling
you were tunnelling
he/she/it was tunnelling
we were tunnelling
you were tunnelling
they were tunnelling
Past Perfect
I had tunnelled
you had tunnelled
he/she/it had tunnelled
we had tunnelled
you had tunnelled
they had tunnelled
Future
I will tunnel
you will tunnel
he/she/it will tunnel
we will tunnel
you will tunnel
they will tunnel
Future Perfect
I will have tunnelled
you will have tunnelled
he/she/it will have tunnelled
we will have tunnelled
you will have tunnelled
they will have tunnelled
Future Continuous
I will be tunnelling
you will be tunnelling
he/she/it will be tunnelling
we will be tunnelling
you will be tunnelling
they will be tunnelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tunnelling
you have been tunnelling
he/she/it has been tunnelling
we have been tunnelling
you have been tunnelling
they have been tunnelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tunnelling
you will have been tunnelling
he/she/it will have been tunnelling
we will have been tunnelling
you will have been tunnelling
they will have been tunnelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tunnelling
you had been tunnelling
he/she/it had been tunnelling
we had been tunnelling
you had been tunnelling
they had been tunnelling
Conditional
I would tunnel
you would tunnel
he/she/it would tunnel
we would tunnel
you would tunnel
they would tunnel
Past Conditional
I would have tunnelled
you would have tunnelled
he/she/it would have tunnelled
we would have tunnelled
you would have tunnelled
they would have tunnelled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tunnel - a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)tunnel - a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars); "the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection"
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
catacomb - an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome)
passageway - a passage between rooms or between buildings
railroad tunnel - a tunnel through which the railroad track runs
shaft - a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
underpass, subway - an underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway
2.tunnel - a hole made by an animal, usually for sheltertunnel - a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter
hollow, hole - a depression hollowed out of solid matter
rabbit warren, warren - a series of connected underground tunnels occupied by rabbits
Verb1.tunnel - move through by or as by diggingtunnel - move through by or as by digging; "burrow through the forest"
cut into, delve, dig, turn over - turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration"
2.tunnel - force a way throughtunnel - force a way through      
penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"
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tunnel

noun
1. passage, underpass, passageway, subway, channel, hole, shaft two new railway tunnels through the Alps
verb
1. dig, dig your way, burrow, mine, bore, drill, excavate The rebels tunnelled out of a maximum security jail.
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Translations
نَفَقيَحْفُر نَفَقاً تَحْت الجُدْران
tunelvykopat tunel
tunnelgrave sig igennem
tunneli
tunel
alagútalagutat fúr
grafa jarîgöngjarîgöng
トンネル
터널
iškasti tunelįišsikasti tunelįtunelis
ejaizrakt tuneli/ejutunelis
tunelvykopať tunel
predor
tunnel
อุโมงค์
tüneltünel kazmak/açmak
đường hầm

tunnel

[ˈtʌnl]
A. N (gen) → túnel m (Min) → galería f; (= underpass) → paso m subterráneo
B. VT [+ one's way, a passage] → cavar
they tunnelled their way outescaparon excavando un túnel
a mound tunnelled by rabbitsun montículo lleno de madrigueras de conejo
shelters tunnelled out in the hillsidesrefugios mpl horadados en las colinas
C. VIconstruir un túnel; [animal] → excavar una madriguera
they tunnel into the hillconstruyen un túnel bajo la colina
to tunnel down into the earthperforar un túnel en la tierra
the rabbits tunnel under the fencelos conejos hacen madrigueras que pasan debajo de la valla
D. CPD tunnel vision Nvisión f periférica restringida (fig) → estrechez f de miras
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tunnel

[ˈtʌnəl]
n (gen)tunnel m; (in mine)galerie f
the Tunnel → le tunnel sous la Manche
vi (gen)creuser un tunnel; (in mine)creuser une galerietunnel vision n
(MEDICINE)rétrécissement m du champ visuel
(fig)vision f étroite des choses
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tunnel

nTunnel m; (under road, railway also) → Unterführung f; (Min) → Stollen m; at last we can see the light at the end of the tunnel (fig)endlich sehen wir wieder Licht; that for me was always the light at the end of the tunnel (fig)das war für mich immer ein Hoffnungsfunken
vi (→ in +acc) (→ durch) → einen Tunnel bauen; (rabbit)einen Bau graben; (mole)Gänge plgraben; they tunnelled (Brit) or tunneled (US) under the walls of the jailsie gruben (→ sich dat) → einen Tunnel unter den Mauern des Gefängnisses hindurch
vt they tunnelled (Brit) or tunneled (US) a road through the mountainsie bauten einen Straßentunnel durch den Berg; the hillside had been tunnelled (Brit) or tunneled (US) by rabbitsdie Kaninchen hatten ihre Baue in den Hang gegraben; to tunnel one’s way through somethingsich durch etw hindurchgraben
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tunnel

[ˈtʌnl]
1. n (gen) → galleria, tunnel m inv; (Min) → galleria
the Mont Blanc tunnel → il traforo del Monte Bianco
2. vt to tunnel one's way outaprirsi un passaggio scavando
to tunnel a passage → scavare un passaggio
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tunnel

(ˈtanl) noun
a (usually man-made) underground passage, especially one cut through a hill or under a river. The road goes through a tunnel under the river.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈtunnelled , (American) ˈtunneled
to make a tunnel. They escaped from prison by tunnelling under the walls.
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tunnel

نَفَق tunel tunnel Tunnel σήραγγα túnel tunneli tunnel tunel tunnel トンネル 터널 tunnel tunnel tunel túnel туннель tunnel อุโมงค์ tünel đường hầm 隧道
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tun·nel

n. túnel, canal o conducto estrecho;
carpal ______ del carpo;
flexor ______ flexor;
tarsal ______ tarsiano.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

tunnel

n túnel m; carpal — túnel carpiano; tarsal — túnel tarsiano
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References in periodicals archive ?
TUNNELLING experts have been inspecting every inch of Standedge Tunnel near Marsden this week.
Tunnelling work on the Sandoy Tunnel will commence once blasting work on the first tunnel, the Eystur Tunnel, has been completed.
The analytical method of longitudinal displacement of the tunnel due to adjacent excavation and multiple tunnelling is researched a lot: (1) the elastic continuum models developed by Vorster et al.
"The main survey will see a team of skilled tunnelling engineers carry out a thorough inspection to find every defect and estimate a cost to remedy them.
The 57-long, 2.5km deep Gotthard rail link through the Alps - the world's longest, deepest tunnel - has opened in Switzerland after 20 years of tunnelling and construction at a cost more than $12bn.
New Delhi, Apr 29 ( ANI ): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has tied up with the Tunnel Training Academy in Kuala Lumpur to train its engineers in the latest techniques and skills needed for doing underground tunnelling works using Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM).
Mashimo, "State of the road tunnel safety technology in Japan," Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, vol.
Tanwer said the tunnel is a marvel in tunnelling technology and would help in similar experiments in the region.
Pieces of the tunnelling machine being loaded onto the MV Fairpartner in Osaka for the journey to Seattle