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  1. the shaft of a well.
  2. a tall, narrow opening surrounded by walls, as a stairwell.
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Origin of wellhole

First recorded in 1670–80; well2 + hole
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for well-hole

Historical Examples

  • 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.