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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
carpal tunnel syndrome
maze of streets/paths/tunnels etc
▪ the maze of narrow streets
▪ I was led through a maze of corridors.
the tunnel entrance
▪ At high tide, the tunnel entrance is totally submerged.
tunnel vision (=when you can only see what you are directly looking at)
▪ A pupil with tunnel vision may have difficulty finding the words written on the blackboard.
tunnel vision
▪ I’ve got tunnel vision when it comes to what I want to do.
wind tunnel
▪ They went down the dark tunnel.
▪ We are in a dark tunnel.
▪ Some light at the end of the dark tunnel of life.
▪ The train roared past a local stop, then on through the dark tunnel.
▪ Shining her torch Lais led them along a small dark tunnel, lugging aside a pile of crates to reveal a manhole.
▪ Then he saw the path, leading away into yet another dark tunnel mouth.
▪ There are along the route four long tunnels, each of which would have required attention.
▪ Beyond the Hai Van Pass we entered a long tunnel.
▪ At nearly 2 miles long, at the time it was built, it was the longest tunnel in the world.
▪ The arduous task of legging through a long tunnel like that under Castle Hill at Dudley could take over 3 hours.
▪ Tabitha found herself being diverted down a long underground tunnel to the civil concourse.
▪ Hoo-Woo opened the door and we entered a long tunnel.
▪ I felt as if I was at the end of a long tunnel where some one was kicking my legs.
▪ This unexpectedly burrows beneath the grounds of Ingleborough Hall in two long tunnels.
▪ There's an underground tunnel that goes from here to an empty tomb in the churchyard.
▪ Small leaks in underground or underwater tunnels are not unusual.
▪ Tabitha found herself being diverted down a long underground tunnel to the civil concourse.
▪ It feels like an underground tunnel down there, the walls thick and heavy, the air damp and cool.
▪ Earlier in the day passengers were forced to walk through an underground tunnel after a train partially derailed.
▪ Gophers, which travel via underground tunnels, make a fan-shaped mound of dirt.
▪ C., has an underground tunnel running from the government offices to the Capitol.
▪ Will he take note of the campaign to sink the link, as the channel tunnel rail link passes Gravesend and Northfleet?
▪ The Channel tunnel project is the largest enterprise of its kind to be financed from private sources.
▪ There was also a £12m provision against possible losses from its participation in the Channel tunnel construction consortium.
▪ He also described the various channel tunnel options currently being studied by the Ministry.
▪ I think that I am the only hon. Member to have served on two Select Committees on the channel tunnel.
▪ Mr. Mans Is my hon. Friend aware that people up in the north-west welcome the prospect of the channel tunnel being opened?
▪ Does he think that that is the way that one should plan the freight movement from the north-west through the channel tunnel?
▪ The resident here has clamped his opponent and is lifting him away from the tunnel entrance.
▪ Half way down was a stone arch over the tunnel entrance.
▪ Railway builders gave a special dignity and significance to the treatment of tunnel entrances.
▪ The nettles in the tunnel entrance had been partially flattened.
▪ Sites investigated included a disused railway tunnel and bogland in Nad.
▪ Something not unlike tunnel vision ensues in the case of black kids.
▪ Each group has its insular concerns and each is locked within the tunnel vision of its own experience and tangible self-interest.
▪ I just looked straight down the track, set my tunnel vision and climbed into my blocks.
▪ Such proposals are typical of the tunnel vision that has characterized most of our economic models.
▪ And many, surely, that our human tunnel vision is unable to perceive.
▪ But such thinking can produce temporal tunnel vision.
▪ I had three children, a home to run ... and tunnel vision as far as the Spencers were concerned.
▪ He has tunnel vision when he is doing well.
▪ They pass a stone doorway in the tunnel wall, but by-pass it in favour of a more obvious way out.
▪ Work includes full-scale experiments, wind tunnel studies and computational fluid dynamics.
▪ Fall through the platform, and unless you're either amazingly brave or stupid head down the wind tunnel to the left.
▪ The reverse acoustic ceilings amplify the din to a decibel range appropriate for a wind tunnel.
▪ It was the wind tunnel which gave birth to the characteristic shape of the Boeing 747.
▪ But the wind tunnel specifications called for this wall to be able to withstand seventy-five pounds a square foot.
▪ During wind tunnel tests on the car, at the development stage, water was added.
▪ By ensuring that only the most promising designs enter the wind tunnel, it has made physical evaluation more cost effective.
▪ In my view there was only one hope, and that was to build the tunnel using private venture capital.
▪ There were good reasons for the enemy to build the tunnels where they did.
▪ Deeper and deeper he dug, following the tunnel into the bank.
▪ We had some bulldozers, and they tried to dig out the tunnels.
▪ Trespass can therefore be committed by a person who digs a tunnel under land or who abuses the airspace.
▪ Everyone dug tunnels and trenches under fire, sometimes hitting hard soil and only advancing five or six yards a day.
▪ I could dig a tunnel round the door.
▪ I could dig a tunnel right out.
▪ Burglars smashed in the steel shutters and even dug a tunnel under the building in an attempted raid.
▪ Moreover the moles dug hundreds of tunnels under their line of march.
▪ They drove on through a tunnel and then the landscape became more arid.
▪ With a roar it emerged from the tunnel and ground to a halt along the platform.
▪ He was emerging from the tunnel.
▪ In the meantime Koquillion emerges from the tunnel door.
▪ The bats normally emerge from the tunnel at about 8 p. m. to take advantage of the prime bug-hunting time.
▪ Roland emerged from tunnels of shelving into Blackadder's icily lit domain.
▪ Jarvis slipped away and on to the platform to feel the wind blow through, ahead of the train emerging from the tunnel.
▪ Thus did I emerge from the night tunnel of restless body movement.
▪ So do I. They emerge from the tunnel like an ad for mushy peas.
▪ Fights take place when a male enters a tunnel where another male is already resident.
▪ He entered another little lighted tunnel of a street.
▪ By ensuring that only the most promising designs enter the wind tunnel, it has made physical evaluation more cost effective.
▪ Beyond the Hai Van Pass we entered a long tunnel.
▪ He must prevent another train entering the tunnel.
▪ The road passed between stands of tall green bamboo, as though entering a tunnel.
▪ As it passes I turn and watch it enter Hadley Wood South tunnel.
▪ Hoo-Woo opened the door and we entered a long tunnel.
light at the end of the tunnel
▪ After a year of declining profits, there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel.
▪ After all the problems we've had we're finally beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel.
▪ For Jane there is some light at the end of the tunnel, but many anorexia sufferers continue to suffer in silence.
▪ A rock dam was erected to keep bat fans out of the tunnel.
▪ About eighteen people escaped from this tunnel and they were not all recaptured until four days later.
▪ He was emerging from the tunnel.
▪ Irrigation tunnels of water ran beside the beds and not far from small thatched-roof houses.
▪ Napoleon is believed to have been warmly in favour even though the tunnel was not designed for military purposes.
▪ Over the next few hours, faces and figures passed like the tableaux of a funhouse tunnel.
▪ Police feared that du Pont might try to flee through a series of tunnels beneath the house.
▪ The construction works on the tunnel would disrupt one of the colony's main breeding grounds.
▪ After days of digging, the prisoners finally tunnelled their way out of the camp and escaped.
▪ Special drilling equipment is being used to tunnel beneath the sea bed.
▪ worms tunnelling through the mud
▪ It snows throughout the winter in Jozankei, and it gets so deep, the people tunnel under the immovable drifts.
▪ They had tunnelled down into the plateau, and they had built upwards as far as their materials and construction abilities would allow.
▪ They may watch the sand shifting as they tunnel their hands into it.
▪ Trent rode in first gear, headlight tunnelling into the forest gloom through which the rain bucketed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Adit \Ad"it\, n. [L. aditus, fr. adire, ?aitum, to go to; ad + ire to go.]

  1. An entrance or passage. Specifically: The nearly horizontal opening by which a mine is entered, or by which water and ores are carried away; -- called also drift and tunnel.

  2. Admission; approach; access. [R.]

    Yourself and yours shall have Free adit.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "funnel-shaped net for catching birds," from Middle French tonnelle "net," or tonel "cask," diminutive of Old French tonne "tun, cask for liquids," possibly from the same source as Old English tunne (see tun).\n

\nSense of "tube, pipe" (1540s) developed in English and led to sense of "underground passage" (1660s). This sense subsequently has been borrowed into French (1878). The earlier native word for this was mine (n.). Meaning "burrow of an animal" is from 1873. Tunnel vision first recorded 1912. The amusement park tunnel of love is attested from 1911 (in reference to New York's Luna Park). The figurative light at the end of the tunnel has been seen since 1882.\n\nThe "Tunnel of Love," an attraction found at many amusement parks, has been responsible for a surprising number of proposals. In this and similar devices, couples are allowed to drift through dark or semi-dark underground caverns, usually in a boat or gondola borne on an artificial stream of water. ... Their dim interiors often give a bashful young man the opportunity to propose.

["The American Magazine," July 1922]


"excavate underground," 1795, from tunnel (n.). From 1570s as "furnish with a tunnel." Related: Tunneled; tunneling.


n. 1 An underground or underwater passage. 2 A passage through or under some obstacle. 3 A hole in the ground made by an animal, a burrow. 4 (context computing networking English) A wrapper for a protocol that cannot otherwise be used because it is unsupported, blocked, or insecure. 5 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. 6 The opening of a chimney for the passage of smoke; a flue. 7 (context mining English) 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. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make a tunnel through or under something, to burrow. 2 (context intransitive English) To make a tunnel.

  1. n. a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars); "the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection"

  2. a hole in the ground made by an animal for shelter [syn: burrow]

  3. v. move through by or as by digging; "burrow through the forest" [syn: burrow]

  4. force a way through

  5. [also: tunnelling, tunnelled]


A tunnel is an underground or underwater passageway, dug through the surrounding soil/earth/rock and enclosed except for entrance and exit, commonly at each end. A pipeline is not a tunnel, though some recent tunnels have used immersed tube construction techniques rather than traditional tunnel boring methods.

A tunnel may be for foot or vehicular road traffic, for rail traffic, or for a canal. The central portions of a rapid transit network are usually in tunnel. Some tunnels are aqueducts to supply water for consumption or for hydroelectric stations or are sewers. Utility tunnels are used for routing steam, chilled water, electrical power or telecommunication cables, as well as connecting buildings for convenient passage of people and equipment.

Secret tunnels are built for military purposes, or by civilians for smuggling of weapons, contraband, or people. Special tunnels, such as wildlife crossings, are built to allow wildlife to cross human-made barriers safely.

Tunnel (disambiguation)

A tunnel is an underground passage such as:

Tunnel or Tunnels may also refer to:

Tunnel (New York nightclub)

Tunnel was a nightclub in New York City, located at 220 Twelfth Avenue, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, in the Terminal Warehouse Company Central Stores Building, which is now part of the West Chelsea Historic District. It operated from 1986 to 2001.

Tunnel (album)

Tunnel is Buckethead's third album under the name Death Cube K (an anagram for Buckethead) and the first to not feature Bill Laswell. Instead, it is one of the first collaborations of Buckethead and keyboardist Travis Dickerson. The album was released on July 10, 1999 by TDRS music and co-produced by Dickerson.

Tunnel (2014 film)

Tunnel is a 2014 Nigerian drama film directed by Stanlee Ohikhuare and starring Nse Ikpe Etim, Femi Jacobs, Waje Iruobe and Lepacious Bose. The film tells a story on the life and struggles of a young pastor and his journey to ultimate fulfillment.

Usage examples of "tunnel".

The third and fourth humans on the island had tried to find their privacy as far from the abo village and the tunnel pool as possible.

Panting, Abrim tried to brace himself against the smooth tunnel wall, but the low-friction coating defeated him and he began to slide slowly backward.

I They secured the end of the rope to one of the poles wedged like an anchor in the opening of the tunnel that led to the crystal cavern, and Craig abseiled down the rope to the water at the bottom of the shaft once more.

They walked through the tunnels, Azareel leading and Acies in the back.

The aeration was fairly good, because there was a sort of tunnel running out.

The journey took several minutes even at a sprint, through sunken tunnels and window-lined connecting bridges, up and down grilled ramps, through ponderous internal airlocks and sweltering aeroponics labs, taking this detour or that to avoid a blown bubble or failed airlock.

People afoot pushing out of the tunnel behind him shoved them aside, but he just stared, too.

Keebes led the way up the ladder to the middle level and aft, to a large watertight hatch that led through a long tunnel.

Without stopping to shut the hatch Sai climbed through and ran along the tight tunnel leading to the aft compartment, and felt the deck tilt as the ship turned at high speed.

Forgotten because it seemed to be between the forward and aft compartments, but other than the one tunnel going through it there was no access to the space.

Pacino began to make his way aft to the shielded tunnel, unplugging and re plugging his mask every forty feet until he was in maneuvering.

Access fore and aft is through a shielded tunnel, since anyone inside the compartment when the reactor is critical would be dead within a minute from the intense radiation.

An automatic rheostat must have been mounted to the speaker, for the volume rose steadily, until the noise of the storm wind filled the office, a blast of rushing airlike the sounds of an experimental wind tunnel at maximum velocity.

On the way, Alameda turned around and smiled at him, and the expression on her face startled him so severely that he tripped on the step-off pad of the hatch to the special operations compartment tunnel, catching himself on the hatch opening.

Captain Catardi was blown into Pacino, then slid past Alameda down the inclined tunnel deck back toward the hatch opening.