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
3 : 2port 2
Recent Examples of porthole from the Web
The new towers will be blue and white, with a porthole window and a wrap-around deck.
The af Chapman's renovation kept the ship's original features, from its mast to its portholes.
Original features: The af Chapman's renovation kept the ship's original features, from its mast to its portholes.
Designed by Bruno Moinard with a nod to the mega yachts that sail the Med, the interior was reimagined with a wooden deck, jewelry displayed in portholes and coves in the shape of ship cabins.
A porthole window in the shower continues the nautical theme.
On the second floor stands a book wall with a porthole carved into it; nearby is a walk-through tunnel.
Three levels down, visitors can peer all the way up through the saltwater and the flotilla of fish thanks to a huge oculus — a 31-foot-wide angled porthole — at the tank’s bottom.
Graphics adjacent to the portholes will describe what people are seeing and how power works.
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Origin and Etymology of porthole
First Known Use: 1569See Words from the same year
PORTHOLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of porthole for English Language Learners
: a small round window in the side of a ship or aircraft
PORTHOLE Defined for Kids
Definition of porthole for Students
: a small window in the side of a ship or airplane
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