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touchhole

[tuhch-hohl]
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noun
  1. the vent in the breech of an early firearm or cannon through which the charge was ignited.
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Origin of touchhole

First recorded in 1495–1505; touch + hole
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Examples from the Web for touchhole

Historical Examples

  • There rose a little smoke from the touchhole plate, but no shot resounded.

    The Treasure of Pearls

    Gustave Aimard

  • One of the men inserted a percussion fuse in the touchhole of the mortar.

  • It always is there with men of Bertie's order, and only comes to light when the match of danger is applied to the touchhole.

    Under Two Flags

    Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]

  • One of the guns apparently missed fire, and as he was placing fresh powder in the touchhole the stuff went off.

    Captured at Tripoli

    Percy F. Westerman

  • Then he laid that match to the touchhole and another rain of iron swept down the street.

    When a Cobbler Ruled a King

    Augusta Huiell Seaman


British Dictionary definitions for touchhole

touchhole

noun
  1. a hole in the breech of early cannon and firearms through which the charge was ignited
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