Definition of Siphon

1. Noun. A tube running from the liquid in a vessel to a lower level outside the vessel so that atmospheric pressure forces the liquid through the tube.

Exact synonyms: Syphon
Generic synonyms: Tube, Tubing
Derivative terms: Syphon



2. Verb. Convey, draw off, or empty by or as if by a siphon.
Exact synonyms: Siphon Off, Syphon
Generic synonyms: Draw, Take Out
Derivative terms: Syphon

3. Noun. A tubular organ in an aquatic animal (especially in mollusks) through which water can be taken in or expelled.
Exact synonyms: Syphon
Generic synonyms: Organ
Category relationships: Zoological Science, Zoology

4. Verb. Move a liquid from one container into another by means of a siphon or a siphoning action. "The women siphon water into the bowl"; "Siphon gas into the tank"
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set

Definition of Siphon

1. n. 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 vessel to another, over an intermediate elevation, by the action of the pressure of the atmosphere in forcing the liquid up the shorter branch of the pipe immersed in it, while the continued excess of weight of the liquid in the longer branch (when once filled) causes a continuous flow. The flow takes place only when the discharging extremity of the pipe ia lower than the higher liquid surface, and when no part of the pipe is higher above the surface than the same liquid will rise by atmospheric pressure; that is, about 33 feet for water, and 30 inches for mercury, near the sea level.

2. v. t. To convey, or draw off, by means of a siphon, as a liquid from one vessel to another at a lower level.

Definition of Siphon

1. Noun. A bent pipe or tube with one end lower than the other, in which hydrostatic pressure exerted due to the force of gravity moves liquid from one reservoir to another. ¹

2. Noun. a soda siphon ¹

3. Noun. (biology) a tubelike organ found in animals or elongated cell found in plants. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to transfer (liquid) by means of a siphon. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Siphon

1. to draw off through a siphon (a type of tube) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Siphon

1. 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 vessel to another, over an intermediate elevation, by the action of the pressure of the atmosphere in forcing the liquid up the shorter branch of the pipe immersed in it, while the continued excess of weight of the liquid in the longer branch (when once filled) causes a continuous flow. The flow takes place only when the discharging extremity of the pipe ia lower than the higher liquid surface, and when no part of the pipe is higher above the surface than the same liquid will rise by atmospheric pressure; that is, about 33 feet for water, and 30 inches for mercury, near the sea level. 2. One of the tubes or folds of the mantle border of a bivalve or gastropod mollusk by which water is conducted into the gill cavity. The anterior prolongation of the margin of any gastropod shell for the protection of the soft siphon. The tubular organ through which water is ejected from the gill cavity of a cephaloid. It serves as a locomotive organ, by guiding and confining the jet of water. Called also siphuncle. The siphuncle of a cephalopod shell. The sucking proboscis of certain parasitic insects and crustaceans. A sproutlike prolongation in front of the mouth of many gephyreans. A tubular organ connected both with the oesophagus and the intestine of certain sea urchins and annelids. 3. A siphon bottle. Inverted siphon, a tube bent like a siphon, but having the branches turned upward; specifically, an oil cup in which oil is carried over the edge of a tube in a cotton wick, and so reaches the surface to be lubricated. Siphon gauge. See Gauge. Siphon pump, a jet pump. See Jet. Origin: F. Siphon, L. Sipho, -onis, fr. Gr. A siphon, tube, pipe. To convey, or draw off, by means of a siphon, as a liquid from one vessel to another at a lower level. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Siphon

sinusoidal function
sinusoidal functions
sinusoidal projection
sinusoidally
sinusoids
sinusotomies
sinusotomy
sinuvertebral nerves
sioux
sip
sipage
sipe
siped
sipes
siphilis
siphon (current term)
siphon off
siphonage
siphonages
siphonal
siphonapteran
siphonapterology
siphonarid
siphonariid
siphonariids
siphonata
siphonate
siphoned
siphoner
siphoners

Literary usage of Siphon

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Descriptive and Historical Account of Hydraulic and Other Machines for by Thomas Ewbank (1842)
"The two branches of a tube that constitute a siphon are commonly of unequal lengths, ... The action of a siphon does not depend upon any inequality of ..."

2. Elementary Treatise on Natural Philosophy by Augustin Privat-Deschanel (1884)
"The siphon may be employed to produce the intermittent flow of a liquid. Suppose, for instance, that we have a cup (Fig. 178) in which is a bent tube rising ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1879)
"water in the vessel rises above the top of the bend of the siphon, and it •will be readily seen that if the siphon is of any size, this will require a large ..."

4. Elementary Treatise on Natural Philosophy by Augustin Privat-Deschanel (1884)
"A In this formula H denotes the height of a column of sulphuric acid whose pressure equals that of the atmosphere. 274. Cup of Tantalus.—The siphon may be ..."

5. A Descriptive and Historical Account of Hydraulic and Other Machines for by Thomas Ewbank (1849)
"It is named a "lifting siphon." Water from a spring is received into an open ... This pipe constitutes the short leg of the siphon, and its upper orifice is ..."

6. A Descriptive and Historical Account of Hydraulic and Other Machines for by Thomas Ewbank (1849)
"THE siphon, or as it is sometimes named the crane, is in its simplest form merely a ... The two branches of a tube that constitute a siphon are commonly of ..."

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