touchhole

[ tuhch-hohl ]

noun
  1. the vent in the breech of an early firearm or cannon through which the charge was ignited.

Origin of touchhole

1
First recorded in 1495–1505; touch + hole

Words Nearby touchhole

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How to use touchhole in a sentence

  • 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
  • Carefully, deliberately, Pamela Russell lowered her candle to the cannon's touchhole.

    Shaman | Robert Shea
  • The first charge was twenty pounds of powder, not more than nineteen of them running out of the touchhole.

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

    The Treasure of Pearls | Gustave Aimard
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for touchhole

touchhole

/ (ˈtʌtʃˌhəʊl) /


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

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