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siphon

[sahy-fuhn]
noun
1.
a tube or conduit bent into legs of unequal length, for use in drawing a liquid from one container into another on a lower level by placing the shorter leg into the container above and the longer leg into the one below, the liquid being forced up the shorter leg and into the longer one by the pressure of the atmosphere.
3.
a projecting tubular part of some animals, especially certain mollusks, through which liquid enters or leaves the body.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to convey, draw, or pass through or as if through a siphon (sometimes followed by off ): to siphon water; to siphon off profits into a secret bank account.
Also, syphon.


Origin:
1650–60; < Latin sīphōn- (stem of sīphō) < Greek síphōn, sī́phōn pipe, tube

siphonal, siphonic [sahy-fon-ik] , adjective
siphonless, adjective
siphonlike, adjective
pseudosiphonal, adjective
pseudosiphonic, adjective
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siphon or syphon (ˈsaɪfən)
 
n
1.  a tube placed with one end at a certain level in a vessel of liquid and the other end outside the vessel below this level, so that atmospheric pressure forces the liquid through the tube and out of the vessel
2.  See soda siphon
3.  zoology any of various tubular organs in different aquatic animals, such as molluscs and elasmobranch fishes, through which a fluid, esp water, passes
 
vb
4.  (often foll by off) to pass or draw off through or as if through a siphon
 
[C17: from Latin sīphō, from Greek siphōn siphon]
 
syphon or syphon
 
n
 
vb
 
[C17: from Latin sīphō, from Greek siphōn siphon]
 
'siphonage or syphon
 
n
 
'siphonal or syphon
 
adj
 
siphonic or syphon
 
adj

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siphon
1659, from Fr. siphon (1611), from L. sipho (gen. siphonis), from Gk. siphon "pipe, tube," of unknown origin. The verb is attested from 1859; fig. sense of "to draw off, divert" is recorded from 1940.
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siphon si·phon (sī'fən)
n.
A tube bent into an inverted U shape of unequal lengths, used to remove fluid by means of atmospheric pressure from a cavity or reservoir at one end of the tube over a barrier and out the other end. v. si·phoned, si·phon·ing, si·phons

  1. To draw off or convey through a siphon.

  2. To pass through a siphon.

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siphon   (sī'fən)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A pipe or tube in the form of an upside-down U, filled with liquid and arranged so that the pressure of the atmosphere forces liquid to flow upward from a container through the tube, over a barrier, and into a lower container.

  2. A tubular animal part, as of a clam, through which water is taken in or expelled.


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