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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Location: Dallas, Texas Price: $625,000 The late architect Albert Ledner is probably best known for the National Maritime Union building, a modernist masterpiece in New York City whose windows looks like ship portholes. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Brick-and-wood midcentury gem asks $625K," 17 Aug. 2018 Docked in a marina at Boston Harbor, the boat is decorated with dark wood paneling, wood columns, marine-themed oil paintings and nautical-style bunk beds with porthole windows. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Former Senator Who Made His Home Aboard a Historic Lightship," 24 Jan. 2019 The original boathouse and shoreline observation tower are still standing and look straight out of early-’60s sci-fi: metal structures with convex round windows that were meant to evoke a boat’s (or perhaps a spacecraft’s) portholes. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Lake X: Mercury Marine's Secret Boat Testing Site," 27 Dec. 2018 Photographs of the show’s iconic sketches and former stars are framed equidistantly, like portholes on a ship, each step bringing a new one to eye level. Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "In Love, Gilda A Comedy Legend Finally Gets Her Due," 20 Sep. 2018 Small, porthole-style windows in the bedroom have a boating feel—as do the interior walls—but larger windows in the living room allow plenty of light when entertaining. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Aluminum trailer combines ‘30s style with modern amenities," 6 Nov. 2018 At the bottom, wires spew from a porthole to snake up and down and away. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Inside the Test Chamber for NASA's Astronaut Vehicle Double," 12 July 2018 Once seated, riders can gaze out at the water via portholes in front and back or through large picture windows on either side of the vehicle. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New Legoland submarine taking its guests into the "deep sea" — sharks, stringrays included," 1 July 2018 This kooky home on the island of Corsica in France resembles an old submarine or antique diving helmet, given its porthole windows and protrusions. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Kooky ’70s home on French island yours for $1.3M," 21 June 2018

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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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