orifice

noun
or·​i·​fice | \ ˈȯr-ə-fəs How to pronounce orifice (audio) , ˈär- \

Definition of orifice

: an opening (such as a vent, mouth, or hole) through which something may pass an anatomical orifice the nozzle orifice the cone built up from the cinders around the eruption orifice— R. H. Mohlenbrock

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Other Words from orifice

orificial \ ˌȯr-​ə-​ˈfi-​shəl How to pronounce orificial (audio) , ˌär-​ \ adjective

Examples of orifice in a Sentence

the mouth is a bodily orifice
Recent Examples on the Web Hip-hop and jock jams blast continually from every orifice. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "What I learned about cars watching all 8 Fast & Furious movies in 4 days," 2 Aug. 2019 But the anonymous musician becomes our essential Everyman, the perfectly representative American, lost in the patriotic music blaring from the great brass orifice. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Robert Frank’s photographs captured the bleak reality we’re still living in today," 10 Sep. 2019 When angered or preparing to envelop a victim, the beast flaps its many orifices. Hank Stuever, Houston Chronicle, "Review: A convoluted ‘Stranger Things’ follows its primal ’80s urges to one monster of a mall," 6 July 2019 When angered or preparing to envelop a victim, the beast flaps its many orifices. Hank Stuever, Houston Chronicle, "Review: A convoluted ‘Stranger Things’ follows its primal ’80s urges to one monster of a mall," 6 July 2019 When angered or preparing to envelop a victim, the beast flaps its many orifices. Hank Stuever, Houston Chronicle, "Review: A convoluted ‘Stranger Things’ follows its primal ’80s urges to one monster of a mall," 6 July 2019 Trails meander around three lakes and along a creek to Running Eagle Falls, which gushes through a giant stone orifice. National Geographic, "A guide to Glacier National Park," 17 Apr. 2019 The mouth was cone-shaped with curved, hooked spines around the entire orifice leading the study authors to believe that C. falcatus fed by sifting through sediment in the ocean. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Ancient Anthropod Named After Star Wars' Millennium Falcon," 31 July 2019 When angered or preparing to envelop a victim, the beast flaps its many orifices. Hank Stuever, Houston Chronicle, "Review: A convoluted ‘Stranger Things’ follows its primal ’80s urges to one monster of a mall," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of orifice

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orifice

Middle English, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin orificium, from Latin or-, os mouth + facere to make, do — more at oral, do

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11 Nov 2019

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“Orifice.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orifice. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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orifice

noun
How to pronounce orifice (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of orifice

formal : a hole or opening and especially one in your body (such as your mouth, ear, nostril, etc.)

orifice

noun
or·​i·​fice | \ ˈȯr-ə-fəs, ˈär- How to pronounce orifice (audio) \

Medical Definition of orifice

: an opening through which something may pass

Other Words from orifice

orificial \ ˌȯr-​ə-​ˈfish-​əl, ˌär-​ How to pronounce orificial (audio) \ adjective

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