man·​hole | \ ˈman-ˌhōl How to pronounce manhole (audio) \

Definition of manhole

: a hole through which one may go especially to gain access to an underground or enclosed structure

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The orderly city was conceived as a total work of art, with everything from manhole covers to furniture and civic structures meticulously planned. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The Kardashians have this modernist Indian city to thank for their dining chairs," 6 June 2019 There’s the prickling sense, reading Macfarlane like Dyer, that a library door or a manhole cover or a bosky path might lead you not just to the end of a chapter but to a drugs party or a rave. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘Underland’ Offers Excellent Nature Writing From Deep, Dark Places," 3 June 2019 However over the years short circuits or other damage to electrical cables and conduits has been blamed for underground manhole fires. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Smoke streams from manholes in Georgetown a warm Tuesday night.," 21 Feb. 2018 Scheduled to start Thursday and continue through the beginning of October, the project will include new water mains under Chicago Avenue, replacing sewers and manholes, and reconstructing the concrete road from Garfield to County-Line Road. Kimberly Fornek,, "Patient drivers needed in Hinsdale this summer, due to construction," 10 June 2018 During the commodity-price boom in 2008, theft of metal objects, including beer kegs, manhole covers and even art works, became the target of thieves. David Hodari, WSJ, "Thieves Mine Catalytic Converters for Metal More Valuable Than Gold," 10 Feb. 2019 Sometimes when people walk on streets that are flooded, the manhole covers could be missing, the road may not even be there. Fox News, "FEMA chief Brock Long on Hurricane Florence recovery efforts; Will allegation affect Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation?," 16 Sep. 2018 The lawsuit stated, in addition to the Knolls condominiums, approximately six other homes were evacuated and pressure from gasoline vapors in the sanitary sewer system caused 14 manhole covers along the sewer line to be blown off. Kimberly Fornek,, "Months after gas leak caused explosion in Willowbrook condo building, residents are still displaced," 18 May 2018 There’s a picture of two burly fellows with rolled sleeves emptying a barrel of liquor into an open manhole, to comply with Prohibition laws, as the New York police commissioner looks on. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: There Was Never Anything Quite Like 1919," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of manhole

1769, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of manhole

: a covered hole in a street that a person can go down into to do work under the street


man·​hole | \ ˈman-ˌhōl How to pronounce manhole (audio) \

Kids Definition of manhole

: a covered hole (as in a street) large enough to let a person pass through

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