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

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The large, two-tiered table is spread with dishes rather than maps of the abyss, salvaged portholes give a glimpse of the outside, and the walls have all been hand-painted by artist Brian Farrell. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This East Village Restaurant Will Transport You to the Mediterranean," 25 June 2019 The fact that there are still many glass portholes intact amazed me, and really impressed me just how durable this ship is. Gina Martinez, Time, "Divers Visited the Titanic's Wreck for the First Time in over a Decade. Here's Why They Were Shocked by the Ship's Condition," 22 Aug. 2019 The one problem with all the attention the Boat Houses are getting of late is that random passersby are going off the public sidewalk, marching onto private property and even peering into the porthole windows. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commission approves historic status for iconic Boat Houses in Encinitas," 1 Aug. 2019 Celeste Martore’s scenic design is fantastic — an all-white set with curved corners almost like a ship, complete with porthole-like protrusions. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Powerful ‘Kill Move Paradise’ haunts Berkeley stage," 19 July 2019 Blocking outlets can cause CO to build up in the cabin and cockpit areas–even when hatches, windows, portholes, and doors are closed. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Father and Daughter Found Dead on Houseboat of Apparent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning," 11 July 2019 Shots of coral, red, and turquoise add brightness while porthole windows, jigsaw puzzle tables, hanging chairs, and ship lights lend even more artful whimsy that’s fun for any age. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "This Home Is the Ultimate Island Getaway, No Matter Your Age," 28 June 2019 The two-story floor plan also holds four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, including a master suite with a balcony and a cozy guest bedroom with a porthole-like window fit for a ship. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Patrick Dempsey’s former 1920s haunt trades hands in Hollywood Hills," 26 July 2019 The ride includes a treasure hunt that uses touch screens inside the sub to interact with real sea life just outside the porthole. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "20 awesome things to do at Legoland," 21 July 2019

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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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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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