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

Examples of manhole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The man climbs out of a manhole, as if sneaking into her dream. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "All the Marvel Clues You Missed in WandaVision's First Two Episodes," 15 Jan. 2021 The poor upkeep of roads, in general, often poses another hazard -- Yang once fell into an uncovered seven-feet deep manhole while passing through an old residential compound. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China has 8 million blind people, but only 200 guide dogs," 23 Nov. 2020 Behind her was an immaculate field, with nary a red car or manhole in sight. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: A woman in charge, and it's about time," 16 Nov. 2020 After scoring a dream gig backing up a famous saxophonist (Angela Bassett), Joe falls down a manhole and winds up on an escalator to The Great Beyond. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "How Pixar’s afterlife movie ‘Soul’ is giving us life at the end of a dreadful 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Crews estimated about 37,000 gallons of sewage overflowed from a manhole near the northern perimeter of the West Hills Christian School on Capitol Hill Road, according to Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services. oregonlive, "Workers stop 37,000-gallon sewage overflow at SW Portland school campus," 29 Dec. 2020 Even then fate seems to be rooting against him, sending him directly from his big break into — first-reel spoiler! — an open manhole. Leah Greenblatt,, "Pixar rides an existential high in Soul: Review," 22 Dec. 2020 In China, manhole covers are often stolen to be sold for scrap metal. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China has 8 million blind people, but only 200 guide dogs," 23 Nov. 2020 Workers from the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will collect samples from four manhole locations and send them to Washington County for evaluation. oregonlive, "Portland wastewater screening, community testing will attempt to head off coronavirus outbreaks," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of manhole

1769, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jan 2021

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“Manhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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