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[wel-hohl] /ˈwɛlˌhoʊl/
the shaft of a well.
a tall, narrow opening surrounded by walls, as a stairwell.
Origin of wellhole
First recorded in 1670-80; well2 + hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As no one had his horse, all present had to climb back to the top of the well-hole.

    An Undivided Union Oliver Optic
  • The captain had had the well-hole sounded, and had ordered the pumps started.

    First at the North Pole Edward Stratemeyer
  • It was now necessary for the sake of the well-hole to omit the centre-stone.

  • In an instant, it seemed to spout blood and entrails, and was hurled into the well-hole.

  • Salmon, and other fish, are thus preserved in rivers, in a well-hole in the fishing-boat.

  • She soon reached her own gate, ran down the avenue, and with her key opened the iron door leading to the well-hole.

  • The Saltons could now look through to the room beyond, where the well-hole yawned, a deep narrow circular chasm.

  • Adam knew of the explosive works in progress regarding the well-hole, but the matter had been kept from his wife.

  • But the Buco—that is large enough for a man to pass up and down—a sort of well-hole.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • The stone pier on the north side has a well-hole, in which the weight that closes the gate works up and down.

    Stones of the Temple Walter Field

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