orifice

noun

or·​i·​fice ˈȯr-ə-fəs How to pronounce orifice (audio)
ˈär-
: 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 orificeR. H. Mohlenbrock
orificial adjective

Examples of orifice in a Sentence

the mouth is a bodily orifice
Recent Examples on the Web Her back splits open like a raw coconut, her flesh flapping, oozing blood from her new orifice. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 20 May 2024 To ensure immortality, dead rulers’ bodily orifices were even plugged with precious jade. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2024 An electrical pulse heats the resistor, which flash-boils a thin layer of the ink, forming a rapidly expanding vapor bubble that pushes a droplet of ink out through the orifice. Phillip W. Barth, IEEE Spectrum, 25 Mar. 2024 However, in Dune: Part Two, small orifices of some description can be seen beneath the scales of the worms when they are pulled up by hooks. Popular Science, 6 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for orifice 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orifice was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Orifice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orifice. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

orifice

noun
or·​i·​fice ˈȯr-ə-fəs How to pronounce orifice (audio)
ˈär-
: an opening (as a mouth or hole) through which something may pass

Medical Definition

orifice

noun
or·​i·​fice ˈȯr-ə-fəs, ˈär- How to pronounce orifice (audio)
: an opening through which something may pass
orificial adjective

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