port·​hole | \ ˈpȯrt-ˌhōl How to pronounce porthole (audio) \

Definition of porthole

1 : an opening (such as a window) with a cover or closure especially in the side of a ship or aircraft
2 : a port through which to shoot

Examples of porthole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One friend brought her coffee by pouring it through a tube into the porthole. USA Today, 28 Sep. 2021 Hawaii as a porthole to think about natural beauty, a different way of living. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 16 Aug. 2021 The Earth’s bright-blue surface filled his porthole. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Drawing inspiration from the folklore of Norse seafaring, period-style oil paintings will depict tales of the deep and intricate carvings of tentacles, barnacles, compasses and more will accentuate porthole frames. Tim Walters, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 But with travel restrictions still in place and vaccines still being distributed, all that careful planning has gone out the porthole. USA Today, 23 Apr. 2021 The entire front of the chamber was a massive door with a circular glass opening in its center that looked like a porthole on a ship. Mark Synnott, Wired, 13 Apr. 2021 Two years ago, the team photographed it, producing the first-ever image of a black hole; the hitherto invisible entity, a porthole to eternity. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 This is the experience that precedes ordering great street food, the piping hot kind that’s being made now, a fast fire under the pan, only visible through a porthole. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 5 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of porthole

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for porthole

port entry 2

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The first known use of porthole was in 1569

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22 Oct 2021

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“Porthole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porthole. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of porthole

: a small round window in the side of a ship or aircraft


port·​hole | \ ˈpȯrt-ˌhōl How to pronounce porthole (audio) \

Kids Definition of porthole

: a small window in the side of a ship or airplane

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