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Ltryptophan's avatar

For starters, an hour glass seems to come to mind.

janbb's avatar

I’m thinking a seed or fertilizer spreader. Or a shower head.

Ltryptophan's avatar

Meat grinder

Ltryptophan's avatar

First, a funnel is an object that narrows a fluid/group into a smaller stream.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

A meat grinder seems like a funnel to me, not an anti-funnel.

Ltryptophan's avatar

Hey, just trying to help

Ltryptophan's avatar

A satellite dish?

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

An Internet router takes one Internet connection/IP address and directs traffic to share that connection to your computers, phones, tablets, TVs, etc.

To the outside world, you have one connection.

The router “routes” the connections – Phone A is Googling, Computer B is watching Youtube, iPad C is on Wikipedia, etc…

Ltryptophan's avatar

Digital information aside now…

ragingloli's avatar

a funnel used in the opposite direction.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@ragingloli is your answer funnel? regis voice

Ltryptophan's avatar

No, I argue, If I pour oil, for instance, into the narrow end of a funnel using an identical funnel, it will have no effect

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

A satellite dish (and any parabolic reflector like a solar oven) is like a funnel. It focuses the signal from the big dish onto one point, the receiver.

Strauss's avatar

The opposite of funnel would be disperser

janbb's avatar

@Strauss That was the logic behind my suggestions.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@Strauss so a butter knife?

ragingloli's avatar

@Ltryptophan
if you use the funnel in a low pressure, high temperature environment, the oil will vaporise. It will totally work.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

if you use the funnel in a low pressure, high temperature environment, the oil will vaporise. It will totally work.

Is that a carburetor?

ragingloli's avatar

more like a rocket engine.

Ltryptophan's avatar

A blunderbuss

cinnamonk's avatar

an upside-down funnel.

Funnels are wide at the top and narrow at the bottom.

An upside-down funnel is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top.

Seek's avatar

A shower head. – Oh, @Janbb got it already.

LostInParadise's avatar

An atomizer
A sprinkler
A centrifuge
A dryer

Strauss's avatar

^^@LostInParadise A dryer? Please explain.

LostInParadise's avatar

A dryer removes liquid concentrated in clothing and disperses it. This is especially apparent in an electric clothes dryer, which uses a combination of heat and centrifugal force to remove the water.

LuckyGuy's avatar

A nozzle.

Rocket motor nozzles are good examples.

Sneki95's avatar

A fountain.

Zissou's avatar

A megaphone is the opposite of a funnel, but only for sound. Don’t know if there is a general term in English for what you are looking for. Strauss’s disperser seems to come closest, at least in terms of functionality.

Jeruba's avatar

A river delta.

But physical objects don’t actually have opposites. It would have to be a function or principle or quality that has an opposite. So what we’re really talking about is the opposite of a narrowing channel, right?

LostInParadise's avatar

A filter is in one way the opposite of a funnel but in another way the same. It removes a material from a source but concentrates it somewhere else.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

An upside down funnel. It’s still a funnel.

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