pin·​hole ˈpin-ˌhōl How to pronounce pinhole (audio)
: 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 Warby Parker has also provided a guide on how to DIY your own pinhole projector if you aren’t located near a store. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 Homemade pinhole eclipse viewers an alternative to fancy glasses for viewing solar eclipse on April 8. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2024 The supplies required are as simple as an empty cardboard tube with a tinfoil pinhole at one end and a piece of white paper at the other. Daniel Johnson, Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 But never face the sun and look directly at it through the pinhole. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 1 Mar. 2024 Pinhole Projection The video then describes and explains some safe ways to use the pinhole projection method to safely view the eclipse indirectly. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Special eclipse glasses or pinhole projectors are required to safely view solar eclipses and prevent eye damage. Denise Chow, NBC News, 26 Feb. 2024 The speakerphone mic—a pinhole on the top panel—offers excellent intelligibility. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 There are pinholes in the murk, apertures such as the Instagram feeds of Gaza photographers and a small number of testimonies that slip through. Gaya Gupta, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pinhole was in 1612

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“Pinhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


pin·​hole -ˌhōl How to pronounce pinhole (audio)
: a very small hole made by or as if by a pin

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