pin·​hole | \ ˈpin-ˌhōl How to pronounce pinhole (audio) \

Definition of pinhole

: a small hole made by, for, or as if by a pin

Examples of pinhole in a Sentence

The water was leaking through a pinhole in the pipe. pinholes in a bedsheet will look like stars if you shine a light from behind it
Recent Examples on the Web The lone camera on the back looked like a bargain-basement pinhole camera, and the back might even be plastic. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 23 May 2022 When the eclipse begins, put your eye up to the second hole, while holding the box so that the sun is shining into the pinhole in the aluminum foil., 9 June 2021 Next, cover that hole with a piece of aluminum foil, and then poke a small pinhole in the middle of it., 9 June 2021 There's so many pinhole cameras out there nowadays. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 19 Feb. 2021 Rudimentary devices often made out of household objects like shoeboxes and aluminum foil, pinhole cameras consist of film and a light-proof box with a very small hole. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Dec. 2020 But city and state health officials have gleaned a pinhole of light in the enveloping gloom: Daily admissions to intensive care units are down. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2020 The pinhole in the front, what Samsung calls the Infinity-O hole, contains a 32-megapixel front facing camera. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 23 Sep. 2020 In a corkscrew of purple smoke there is a flickering light, no bigger than a pinhole. Dave Eggers, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of pinhole

1612, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jun 2022

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“Pinhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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