porthole

noun
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 The low-key underwater journey is made enjoyable thanks to individual porthole-style windows, allowing everyone to have the very best seat on the sub, even if the vehicle can feel somewhat claustrophobic. Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, "All of the Rides at Disneyland, Ranked From Worst to Best," 28 Apr. 2020 One day, the workers dropped off a vintage Buick sedan with portholes along the front fenders. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Godfather of Montana’s Bighorn River," 28 Apr. 2020 On the Internet, every open tab was a porthole to some new horror: ventilator shortages, death-toll projections, layoffs, Disneyland, spring break. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "San Francisco Shelters in Place," 20 Mar. 2020 The new center is home to a colorful tot center (the floor tiles are in rainbow colors and there are porthole windows) with an underwater theme for the city's Little Learners program for children ages 18 months to 5 years old. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "New Sterling Heights Community Center pops with color, art, sports and meeting spaces," 28 Feb. 2020 The commander-in-chief warily eyed the chalk markings on the floor, and the canvas sheets decked out like ship portholes. Simon Parkin, Time, "A Nazi U-Boat Tactic Stumped Allied Forces — Until a Retired British Naval Officer Designed a Game to Reveal How It Worked," 29 Jan. 2020 When buying a cat backpack, the options range from full bubble-windows to smaller portholes and more private ventilated-screen styles. Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, "Important! We Found Taylor Swift’s Cat Backpack On Amazon," 31 Jan. 2020 Five feet in diameter, made of titanium, a superstrong metal, and featuring three portholes the size of dinner plates, the vehicle was a new variation on an old theme. William J. Broad, New York Times, "Bubble Subs Arise, Opening Eyes to the Deep Sea," 18 Nov. 2019 Bresky shouted through a porthole to the winch operator. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "With duct tape and 72 magnets, scientists are looking for a meteor on the bottom of Lake Michigan. Will they find it?," 28 Aug. 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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The first known use of porthole was in 1569

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“Porthole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porthole. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for porthole

porthole

noun
How to pronounce porthole (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of porthole

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

porthole

noun
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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