Blowhole
Blowhole Blow"hole`, n. 1. A cavern in a cliff, at the water level, opening to the air at its farther extremity, so that the waters rush in with each surge and rise in a lofty jet from the extremity. [1913 Webster]

2. A nostril or spiracle in the top of the head of a whale or other cetacean. [1913 Webster]

Note: There are two spiracles or blowholes in the common whales, but only one in sperm whales, porpoises, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. A hole in the ice to which whales, seals, etc., come to breathe. [1913 Webster]

4. (Founding) An air hole in a casting. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Blowhole — may refer to:*Blowhole (biology), the hole at the top of a whale or other cetacean s head, homologous with a nostril *Blowhole (geology), a hole at the inland end of a sea cave through which waves funnel up and out *Blowhole (metallurgy), an… …   Wikipedia

  • Blowhole — Blowhole. См. Раковина. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • blowhole — (n.) also blow hole, 1787, of whales and porpoises, from BLOW (Cf. blow) (v.1) + HOLE (Cf. hole) …   Etymology dictionary

  • blowhole — ► NOUN 1) the nostril of a whale or dolphin on the top of its head. 2) a hole in ice for breathing or fishing through. 3) a vent for air or smoke in a tunnel …   English terms dictionary

  • blowhole — [blō′hōl΄] n. 1. a nostril in the top of the head of whales and certain other cetaceans, through which they breathe 2. a hole through which gas or air can escape, esp. in lava 3. a hole in the ice to which seals, whales, etc. come to get air 4. a …   English World dictionary

  • Blowhole — Das Blowhole der Monks Cave bei Aberystwyth in Wales …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Blowhole — Le terme blowhole (ou blow hole) désigne le montage d un ventilateur sur une tour d ordinateur, où le ventilateur extrait l air chaud présent à l intérieur de la tour. Ces ventilateurs font partie de la catégorie de l aircooling. Emplacements D… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • blowhole — UK [ˈbləʊˌhəʊl] / US [ˈbloʊˌhoʊl] noun [countable] Word forms blowhole : singular blowhole plural blowholes 1) a hole in the top of the head of a sea animal such as a whale or dolphin, through which it breathes 2) a hole in the surface of ice… …   English dictionary

  • blowhole — noun Date: 1691 1. a hole in metal caused by a bubble of gas captured during solidification 2. a nostril in the top of the head of a cetacean and especially a whale …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • blowhole — /bloh hohl /, n. 1. an air or gas vent, esp. one to carry off fumes from a tunnel, underground passage, etc. 2. either of two nostrils or spiracles, or a single one, at the top of the head in whales and other cetaceans, through which they breathe …   Universalium

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