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 In most Caracas neighborhoods families shun the streets at night for fear of crime, and drivers keep their windows rolled up while carefully navigating around open manholes hidden in darkness. Washington Post, "Venezuela’s Christmas lights glow after a dark year," 20 Dec. 2019 That’s when protesters began to pull manhole covers from over the drainage tunnels. Suzanne Sataline, Quartz, "How one fighter made his escape from the worst battle of Hong Kong’s protests," 30 Nov. 2019 The other stumbled and fell into a manhole in Midtown Manhattan in the middle of the night, an accident that somehow escaped the notice of nearby workers, who later unknowingly sealed him in. New York Times, "No Address, No Next of Kin: Homeless in Life, Anonymous in Death," 18 Oct. 2019 Muttaiah said the man inside the stinking manhole was working without any safety equipment — no gloves, no shoes, no supplemental oxygen. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Down in the pits: Modi’s cleanliness drive has made little difference for those who toil in India’s sewers," 16 Dec. 2019 The young man in black climbed down the manhole’s footholds and flicked on a penlight. Suzanne Sataline, Quartz, "How one fighter made his escape from the worst battle of Hong Kong’s protests," 30 Nov. 2019 The project – involving construction of about 1,500 linear feet of sanitary sewers, six manholes and lateral pipes connecting the main sewer to homes – is tentatively scheduled to start in July 2020 and finish a year later. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Strongsville receives $624,750 grant to replace septic tanks with sewers on Willow Lane," 22 Nov. 2019 Phoenix police received a report at 9:52 p.m. about the body of a man found in a storm drain under the manhole by a cleaning crew, according to Sgt. Ayano Nagaishi, azcentral, "Man's body found in north Phoenix storm drain," 19 Nov. 2019 Among those present Saturday as the tiny manhole covers were removed was a representative of the Orlandi family. NBC News, "Vatican recovers bones in bid to solve mystery of teen girl missing since 1983," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of manhole

1769, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2020

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“Manhole.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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