siphon

siphon
si|phon1 also syphon BrE [ˈsaıfən] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: Latin sipho 'pipe, tube', from Greek siphon]
1.) a bent tube used for getting liquid out of a container, used by holding one end of the tube at a lower level than the end in the container
2.) also soda siphon
a type of bottle for holding ↑soda water, which is forced out of the bottle using gas pressure
siphon 2
siphon2 also syphon BrE v [T always + adverb/preposition]
1.) also siphon sth<=>off/out
to remove liquid from a container by using a siphon
It took him only a few minutes to siphon off the petrol and drive away.
siphon sth out of/from sth
Crews began siphoning oil from the leaking boat.
2.) also siphon sth<=>off
to dishonestly take money from a business, account etc to use it for a purpose for which it was not intended
Emergency aid was siphoned off by foreign ministry officials for their own use.
siphon sth from sth
I found she had siphoned thousands of dollars from our bank account.

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  • Siphon — Si phon, n. [F. siphon, L. sipho, onis, fr. Gr. ??? a siphon, tube, pipe.] 1. A device, consisting of a pipe or tube bent so as to form two branches or legs of unequal length, by which a liquid can be transferred to a lower level, as from one… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Siphon — [ˈziːfɔ̃, ziˈfɔ̃ː, ziˈfoːn] (von griech. σίφων [ˈsipʰɔːn] „Heber“) bedeutet: Siphon (Geruchsverschluss), ein U förmiger Gas oder Geruchsverschluss, hauptsächlich bei Kanalisationanschlüssen Herunter und wieder herauf geführte Rohrleitung, um eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • siphon — si‧phon [ˈsaɪfn] also syphon verb [transitive] to dishonestly take money from a business, account etc and use it for a purpose for which it was not intended: siphon something from/​off something • I later found she had siphoned thousands of… …   Financial and business terms

  • siphon — SIPHON. s. m. Tuyau recourbé dont les deux branches sont inégales. Siphon de verre. siphon de fer blanc. on se sert du siphon pour les experiences sur la pesanteur des liqueurs. Siphon, En terme de Marine, & principalement sur la Mediterranée,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • siphon — [sī′fən] n. [Fr < L sipho (gen. siphonis) < Gr siphōn, tube, siphon] 1. a bent tube used for carrying liquid from a reservoir over the top edge of its container to a point below the surface of the reservoir: the tube must be filled, as by… …   English World dictionary

  • Siphon — (grch., »Röhre, Heber«), mit Ausflußhahn versehene Flasche kohlensauren Wassers, bei welcher der Kohlensäuredruck die Flüssigkeit in einer Steigröhre bis zum Hahn empordrückt; auch geschlossene Wasserleitung von oder – förmiger Gestalt, u …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Siphon — Sm Gerät zur Erzeugung kohlesäurehaltiger Getränke; Geruchsverschluß per. Wortschatz fach. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. siphon, dieses aus l. sīpho ( ōnis) Spritze, Röhre, Heber , aus gr. sī ̌phōn.    Ebenso nndl. sifon, ne. siphon,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • siphon — (n.) 1650s, from Fr. siphon (early 17c.), from L. sipho (gen. siphonis), from Gk. siphon pipe, tube, of unknown origin. The verb is attested from 1859; figurative sense of to draw off, divert is recorded from 1940. Related: Siphoned; siphoning …   Etymology dictionary

  • Siphon — Si phon, v. t. (Chem.) To convey, or draw off, by means of a siphon, as a liquid from one vessel to another at a lower level. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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