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 Behind the fence there were a few telephone poles, a small circle of concrete in the ground and a metal manhole cover that led down to the bunker. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 So, all these manhole covers were pulled off in this alley. CBS News, 23 Apr. 2022 Two manhole covers were affected, and the cause was cable failure, according to Karl-Erik Stromsta, spokesperson for energy provider Con Edison. Pooja Salhotra And Liam Reilly, CNN, 10 Apr. 2022 Once, Palmer convinced his little brother to go inside a manhole. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 13 Mar. 2022 The sewer main failed Thursday afternoon near the intersection of 212th Street and Moneta Avenue, the waste backing up and flowing out of a manhole at 212th and Lynton Avenue, about three blocks to the west of the break. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2022 He had been pulled into the drainage system and emerged out of a manhole. Topher Sanders, ProPublica, 9 Dec. 2021 From the Menger Hotel to manhole covers, Alamo Iron Works has provided steel and other building material to all sorts of legacy fixtures in San Antonio, according to Stacy Reynolds, the company’s longtime marketing director. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Jan. 2022 Marrow was eventually able to grab her son and proceeded to lift them both out of the manhole to safety. Joelle Goldstein,, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of manhole

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of manhole was in 1769

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“Manhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for manhole


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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