[ man-hohl ]

  1. a hole, usually with a cover, through which a person may enter a sewer, drain, steam boiler, etc., especially one located in a city street.

Origin of manhole

First recorded in 1785–95; man + hole

Words Nearby manhole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use manhole in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for manhole


/ (ˈmænˌhəʊl) /

  1. Also called: inspection chamber a shaft with a removable cover that leads down to a sewer or drain

  2. a hole, usually with a detachable cover, through which a man can enter a boiler, tank, etc

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