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air hole

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noun
  1. an opening to admit or discharge air.
  2. a natural opening in the frozen surface of a river or pond.
  3. air pocket.

Origin of air hole

First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for air hole

Historical Examples

  • I knew it must be the light shining through an air-hole, and swam for it.

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon

  • I raised myself with my wrists to the height of the air-hole.

  • The horses had broken into an air-hole and dragged the sleigh with them.

    The Unknown Quantity

    Henry van Dyke

  • The horses had broken through an air-hole, about which the ice was strong.

    The Blazed Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • The ice is thin up there, and you're going right toward an air-hole!


British Dictionary definitions for air hole

air hole

noun
  1. a hole that allows the passage of air, esp for ventilation
  2. a section of open water in a frozen surface
  3. a less common name for air pocket (def. 1)
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