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

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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 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, Washington Post, "A convoluted ‘Stranger Things’ follows its primal ’80s urges to one monster of a mall," 3 July 2019 This bleached black-and-white, trippy tangle of naked bodies, with men posing like Greek statues, women painted to suggest paleolithic fertility goddesses, and anonymous fingers probing bodily orifices in mega close-up, was mind-boggling then. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, "Barbara Rubin, Shameless Angel of Avant-Garde Cinema," 21 May 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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orifice

noun

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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