man·​hole ˈman-ˌhōl How to pronounce manhole (audio)
: a hole through which one may go especially to gain access to an underground or enclosed structure

Examples of manhole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In what may be the most clichéd damsel-in-distress scene in any rom-com, wedding planner Mary Fiore (Jennifer Lopez) gets her Gucci heel stuck in a manhole cover at the same exact moment a rogue dumpster is barreling down a hilly San Francisco street, heading right toward her. Cristina Everett,, 9 Feb. 2024 About two-thirds of the way up the block in the near, downtown lane was a manhole cover. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 And yet, several are popping up throughout the city, most of which appear to be manhole fires. Curbed Staff, Curbed, 29 Sep. 2023 Work included the installation of approximately 2,325 feet of 8-inch water main lines, valves and fire hydrants, new piping for water service to 31 connections, concrete manholes and sewer piping. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 17 Jan. 2024 In 2016, Nico Rosberg ran over a manhole cover at Monaco and the cover flew up and hit Jenson Button's car, causing extensive damage to Button's McLaren. CBS News, 17 Nov. 2023 Shortly after responders arrived, a second manhole caught fire, and a third followed a few hours later. Talia Lissauer,, 31 Aug. 2023 Like underground zombies, the historical waterways swelled under the Edgewood, Bloomingdale and East Corner neighborhoods, gathering power and speed until finally forcing themselves to the surface via manhole covers, catch basins, shower drains and toilets. John Muyskens, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 There was a pair of acid-green Nike sneakers, a trio of wire sculptures, a psychedelic surfboard, an indecipherable Lego sculpture, and what looked like a giant manhole cover. Brett Berk, Robb Report, 13 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manhole was in 1769

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“Manhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


man·​hole ˈman-ˌhōl How to pronounce manhole (audio)
: a covered hole (as in a pavement, tank, or boiler) through which a worker may go

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