Porthole Port"hole`, n. (Naut.) An embrasure in a ship's side. See 3d {Port}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Porthole — A porthole is a small, generally circular, window used on the hull of ships to admit light and air. Porthole is actually an abbreviated term for port hole window . Though the term is of obvious maritime origin, it is also used to describe round… …   Wikipedia

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  • porthole — UK [ˈpɔː(r)tˌhəʊl] / US [ˈpɔrtˌhoʊl] noun [countable] Word forms porthole : singular porthole plural portholes a small window in the side of a ship or plane …   English dictionary

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  • porthole — noun Etymology: 2port Date: circa 1591 1. an opening (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. port II,2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • porthole — /pawrt hohl , pohrt /, n. 1. a round, windowlike opening with a hinged, watertight glass cover in the side of a vessel for admitting air and light. Cf. port4 (def. 1). 2. an opening in a wall, door, etc., as one through which to shoot. [1585 95;… …   Universalium

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