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porthole

[ pawrt-hohl, pohrt- ]

noun

  1. a round, windowlike opening with a hinged, watertight glass cover in the side of a vessel for admitting air and light. Compare port 4( def 1 ).
  2. an opening in a wall, door, etc., as one through which to shoot.


porthole

/ ˈpɔːtˌhəʊl /

noun

  1. a small aperture in the side of a vessel to admit light and air, usually fitted with a watertight glass or metal cover, or both Sometimes shortened toport
  2. an opening in a wall or parapet through which a gun can be fired; embrasure


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Word History and Origins

Origin of porthole1

First recorded in 1585–95; port 4 + hole

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Example Sentences

With this fossil now out of obscurity, we’ve gained a rare paleontological porthole into the history of these unique predators.

The cockpit is a circular pod with half a dozen couches arranged around the periphery, each with a window significantly larger than the little portholes on commercial airliners.

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A spur marked by signage for the park’s Windows Section—so named for the portholes that have been gouged from the rock—is worth the trip as well.

He looked up through the porthole and saw, perfectly framed, the Acropolis.

When he woke he wondered where he was; but as through the porthole he saw the sheen of the sea he remembered everything.

Directly their attention was attracted to the porthole again by a tapping.

Go to the porthole, Jimmie, and see where our friend is now.

She turned away impatiently and walked toward the cabin porthole.

The little cabin was dark except for a faint light streaming in through the open porthole.

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