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Tunnel

A tunnel is an underground 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.
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Cavern

A large cave or chamber in a cave.
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Tunnel

An artificial underground passage, especially one built through a hill or under a building, road, or river
The Mersey tunnel
A road tunnel through the Pyrenees
The tunnel mouth
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Cavern

A large cave.
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Tunnel

Short for wind tunnel
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Cavern

A large underground chamber, as in a cave.
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Tunnel

A long, half-cylindrical enclosure used to protect plants, made of clear plastic stretched over hoops
Cover plants in rows with a cloche tunnel
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Cavern

To enclose in or as if in a cavern.
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Tunnel

Dig or force a passage underground or through something
The insect tunnels its way out of the plant
He tunnelled under the fence
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Cavern

To hollow out.
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Tunnel

(of a particle) pass through a potential barrier.
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Cavern

A large cave.
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Tunnel

An underground or underwater passage.
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Cavern

An underground chamber.
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Tunnel

A passage through or under a barrier such as a mountain.
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Cavern

A large, dark place or space.
A dark cavern of a shop
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Tunnel

A tube-shaped structure.
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Cavern

(transitive) To form a cavern or deep depression in.
Catacombs caverning the hillsides
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Tunnel

To make a tunnel through or under
Tunneling the granite.
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Cavern

(transitive) To put into a cavern.
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Tunnel

To produce, shape, or dig in the form of a tunnel
Tunnel a passageway out of prison.
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Cavern

A large, deep, hollow place in the earth; a large cave.
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Tunnel

To make a tunnel.
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Cavern

Any large dark enclosed space;
His eyes were dark caverns
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Tunnel

An underground or underwater passage.
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Cavern

A large cave or a large chamber in a cave
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Tunnel

A passage through or under some obstacle.
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Cavern

Hollow out as if making a cavern
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Tunnel

A hole in the ground made by an animal, a burrow.
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Tunnel

A wrapper for a protocol that cannot otherwise be used because it is unsupported, blocked, or insecure.
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Tunnel

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.
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Tunnel

The opening of a chimney for the passage of smoke; a flue.
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Tunnel

(mining) 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.
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Tunnel

(figurative) Anything that resembles a tunnel.
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Tunnel

(transitive) To make a tunnel through or under something; to burrow.
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Tunnel

(intransitive) To dig a tunnel.
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Tunnel

To transmit something through a tunnel (wrapper for insecure or unsupported protocol).
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Tunnel

To insert a catheter into a vein to allow long-term use.
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Tunnel

(physics) To undergo the quantum-mechanical phenomenon where a particle penetrates through a barrier that it classically cannot surmount.
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Tunnel

A vessel with a broad mouth at one end, and a pipe or tube at the other, for conveying liquor, fluids, etc., into casks, bottles, or other vessels; a funnel.
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Tunnel

The opening of a chimney for the passage of smoke; a flue; a funnel.
And one great chimney, whose long tunnel thenceThe smoke forth threw.
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Tunnel

An artificial passage or archway for conducting canals, roads, or railroads under elevated ground, for the formation of roads under rivers or canals, and the construction of sewers, drains, and the like.
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Tunnel

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.
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Tunnel

To form into a tunnel, or funnel, or to form like a tunnel; as, to tunnel fibrous plants into nests.
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Tunnel

To catch in a tunnel net.
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Tunnel

To make an opening, or a passageway, through or under; as, to tunnel a mountain; to tunnel a river.
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Tunnel

To make a tunnel; as, to tunnel under a river.
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Tunnel

A passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars);
The tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection
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Tunnel

A hole in the ground made by an animal for shelter
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Tunnel

Move through by or as by digging;
Burrow through the forest
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Tunnel

Force a way through
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