manhole

noun
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 Facebook representatives told county officials the horizontal directional drilling will last about a month, and all that will remain is a manhole cover. Andrew Selsky, USA TODAY, "Facebook undersea cable plan not finding fans in tiny Oregon coastal town," 12 Jan. 2020 The Police Department declined to give details about the steps detectives took to identify Mr. Moran’s family members and the man found in the manhole. New York Times, "No Address, No Next of Kin: Homeless in Life, Anonymous in Death," 18 Oct. 2019 The outdoor grease pits would be required to have locked manhole covers designed to withstand loads and prevent access by children. Washington Post, "Girl’s fall into grease pit prompts effort to toughen fines," 4 Feb. 2020 Two weeks later, the intersection of Illinois and Maryland streets was closed for a collapsed manhole and the risk of an underground sinkhole making its way to the surface. Channing King, Indianapolis Star, "Pennsylvania Street lane closures extended into early next week," 22 Jan. 2020 Sewer main lines were completely filled, and crews sandbagged manholes in the area to avoid further surface water infiltration, city officials said. USA TODAY, "More pigeon hats, cushion cash, Chaka Khan: News from around our 50 states," 20 Jan. 2020 At the intersection of Cypress and Boylston streets, National Grid crews could be seen sticking instruments into two open manholes. BostonGlobe.com, "Gas leak causes underground explosion in Brookline, blowing off manhole covers - The Boston Globe," 5 Dec. 2019 Along Rainbow Road, a residential street near the sewer line, the foam overflowed through two manholes and onto the road. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "State raises doubts about testing wells in Windsor for firefighting foam contamination, town officials say they may pay for tests," 22 Oct. 2019 Facebook representatives told county officials the horizontal directional drilling will last about a month, and all that will remain is a manhole cover. Andrew Selsky, USA TODAY, "Facebook undersea cable plan not finding fans in tiny Oregon coastal town," 12 Jan. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manhole. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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manhole

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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

manhole

noun
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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