[ pin-hohl ]
See synonyms for pinhole on
  1. a small hole made by or as by a pin.

  2. a hole for a pin to go through; tiny aperture.

Origin of pinhole

First recorded in 1670–80; pin + hole

Words Nearby pinhole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pinhole in a sentence

  • He has long worked with different types of photography, including pinhole cameras and camera obscura.

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  • Let us say that such a thing occurs; you have pricked one pinhole too many round the corner of the mouth.

    Stained Glass Work | C. W. Whall
  • (b) A small impurity in the rubber may dissolve in the acid and leave a minute pinhole.

  • Between eye and nostril, on either side, was the sinister "pinhole," that is the infallible mark of the poison-sac serpent.

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  • The idea of photography as an art has been discussed no doubt ever since the invention of the pinhole.

    Adventures in the Arts | Marsden Hartley
  • In a dark-room a light must be placed behind the pinhole, and a bit of ground glass held in front of the lens.

British Dictionary definitions for pinhole


/ (ˈpɪnˌhəʊl) /

  1. a small hole made with or as if with a pin

  2. archery the exact centre of an archery target, in the middle of the gold zone

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