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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v siphon move a liquid from one container into another by means of a siphon or a siphoning action "siphon gas into the tank"
    • v siphon convey, draw off, or empty by or as if by a siphon
    • n siphon a tubular organ in an aquatic animal (especially in mollusks) through which water can be taken in or expelled
    • n siphon 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Squids move through the ocean using a jet of water forced out of the body by a siphon
    • Siphon 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.
    • Siphon A siphon bottle.
    • Siphon (Zoöl) A sproutlike prolongation in front of the mouth of many gephyreans.
    • Siphon (Zoöl) A tubular organ connected both with the esophagus and the intestine of certain sea urchins and annelids.
    • Siphon (Zoöl) 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. See Illust. under Mya, and Lamellibranchiata.
    • Siphon (Zoöl) The anterior prolongation of the margin of any gastropod shell for the protection of the soft siphon.
    • Siphon (Zoöl) The siphuncle of a cephalopod shell.
    • Siphon (Zoöl) The sucking proboscis of certain parasitic insects and crustaceans.
    • Siphon (Zoöl) 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. See Illust. under Loligo, and Dibranchiata.
    • v. t Siphon (Chem) To convey, or draw off, by means of a siphon, as a liquid from one vessel to another at a lower level.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n siphon A bent pipe or tube with legs of unequal length, used for drawing liquid out of a vessel by causing it to rise in the tube over the rim or top. For this purpose the shorter leg is inserted in the liquid, and the air is exhausted by being drawn through the longer leg. The liquid then rises by the pressure of the atmosphere and fills the tube, and the flow begins from the lower end. Sometimes an exhausting-tube (a in the figure) is placed on the longer leg; the air, in that case, is sucked out through a till the tube is filled to the cock b, which is then opened, and the flow commences—the cock b being so constructed as to close the suction-tube when the siphon is running. But the more general method is to fill the tube in the first place with the liquid, and then, stopping the mouth of the longer leg, to insert the shorter leg in the vessel; upon removal of the stop, the liquid will immediately begin to run. The flow depends upon the difference in vertical height of the two columns of the liquid, measured respectively from the bend of the tube to the level of the water in the vessel and to the open end of the tube. The flow ceases as soon as, by the lowering of the level in the vessel, these columns become of equal height, or when this level descends to the end of the shorter leg. The atmospheric pressure is essential to support the column of liquid from the vessel up to the top of the bend of the tube, and this height is consequently limited, varying inversely with the density of the liquid. At sea-level the maximum height is a little less than 30 inches for mercury and 34 feet for water.
    • n siphon In zoology, a canal or conduit, without reference to size, shape, or function; generally, a tube or tubular organ through which water or other fluid passes; a siphuncle. Specifically- In Mollusca:
    • n siphon [capitalized] [NL.] In conchology, a genus of gastropods. Also Sipho (Klein, 1753; Fabricius, 1822) and Sypho (Brown, 1827).
    • n siphon In botany, one of the small peculiar cells surrounding the large elongated central cell in the frond of certain florideous algae. See monosiphonous, polysiphonous, Polysiphonia, pericentral.
    • n siphon A siphon-bottle.
    • siphon To convey, as water, by means of a siphon; transmit or remove by a siphon.
    • siphon To pass or be conducted through a siphon.
    • n siphon A tubular anal organ of the aquatic bugs of the family Nepidæ, probably respiratory in function.
    • n siphon In siphonophorans, a feeding zoöid or hydranth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Siphon sī′fun a bent tube for drawing off liquids from one vessel into another
    • v.t Siphon to convey by means of a siphon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. siphon, L. sipho, -onis, fr. Gr. a siphon, tube, pipe


In literature:

Clam, origin of siphon of, 353, 418.
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
We had to take to the canal in the course of the afternoon; because, where it crossed the river, there was, not a bridge, but a siphon.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Insects came in twin cones, siphoned toward the headlights.
"Missing Link" by Frank Patrick Herbert
Hook on your own reducer and suck it full with your pump; then it will siphon down.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
How long will they suffer a few men to siphon automatically the money of the many into their own pockets?
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
This wall cuts off the natural siphon that fed the water to your Applerod Addition.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
Also there was a tumbler, a siphon of soda water, and a bottle of port.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
The reading of a siphon is the distance between the two surfaces of the mercury.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
The footman carried a tray with a bottle, glass, ice, and siphon.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne

In news:

Truck drivers siphoned off more than $30,000 in fuel.
An estimated 175 gallons of diesel fuel was siphoned from construction vehicles at a worksite on the corner of Barber Street and Dairy Pak Road sometime late Thursday or early Friday.
BP says it siphoned more oil with a mile-long tube after two days of falling totals from a leaking seafloor well in the Gulf of Mexico.
Vacuums Should Not Be Substituted For Siphons Or Autosucks.
Speaker John Boehner's weekend claim that 25% of the highway dollars are "siphoned off for non-economic projects – such as beautification and bikepaths" came as a bit of a shock.
Police nab residents allegedly siphoning gas.
The National Security Agency allegedly siphoned Americans' communications from this room at an AT&T office in San Francisco.
For Bluffton Today Jurors convicted 36-year-old Mandy Drew of one count of embezzlement for siphoning approximately $118,000 from the Ridgeland's water/sewer fund between April 2009 and January 2011.
3 arrested after trying to siphon gas in Jericho.
Cybercriminals have been stealing passwords to siphon off bank accounts for years, but cybercops were gaining.
He siphons some gas from a car that is not his because have you seen those gas lines in Jersey.
Mobile apps are siphoning an "alarming" amount of data about kids without disclosure, according to the Federal Trade Commission .
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies are seeking the community's help Thursday in finding a suspect who's been accused of stabbing a man trying to stop him from siphoning his neighbor's gas.
The bad news is that, like many other towns, water is being illegally siphoned off fire hydrants by landscapers and contractors, officials say.
3 arrested after trying to siphon gas in Jericho .

In science:

The systems exhibit spin/orbit synchronism and apparently accrete by efficient capture of the stellar wind from the secondary star, a process that has been dubbed a “magnetic siphon”.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
Thus, at B ∼ 60 MG, it is quite possible that the low- ˙m systems discussed here represent examples where the magnetic siphon is essentially perfect.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
It is difficult to imagine a magnetic siphon operating efficiently in a binary whose spin and orbital motions are uncoupled.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
The prePolar now enters a possibly protracted era of period evolution governed solely by gravitational radiation and accreting by a magnetic siphon effect on the stellar wind.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
If magnetic energy density is the key criterion (e.g., Webbink & Wickramasinghe 2004), the r−3 decline in field strength of a dipole implies that the effectiveness of the magnetic siphon will scale as ∼P −4 .
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables